‘Cities to have air quality monitoring stations’

Minister says govt to introduce initiatives to improve air quality, reduce harmful emissions

APP April 21, 2022
Sherry Rehman. PHOTO: FILE


Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman Wednesday said that the protection of country's environment was the topmost priority of the government where all necessary measures would be taken to address air quality-related issues.

She said that the government would take a number of initiatives to improve the air quality and all relevant departments would strictly implement the instructions on smog control in cities. She said air quality monitoring stations would be established and air quality measuring devices would be introduced to reduce harmful emissions and improve air quality around cities.

The minister highlighted that global climate change and deteriorating quality of air were major issues in the country which was affecting human health on daily basis. She also said that air pollution caused deaths and casualties and needs urgent attention.

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Replying to a question, she said that ministry would investigate the ways in which communities are engaged with decision-making and implementation of air quality actions, adding that the media should play a role in tackling climate change issues in the country as the people rely on it to get their information.

"It is high time to take strict and difficult steps to address climate-related issues", she said.

Replying to another question, she said that public welfare schemes would also be the top priority of the current cabinet as strong institutions are imperative for the country's progress and the welfare of the masses.


Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2022.


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