Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul calls on CM
The Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has accorded approval to the electrical trial run of metro train on its whole route which would be held on December 10.
The physical infrastructure of Orange Line Metro Train project has been compleated and the ceremony in this regard would be held at the last station of Ali Town. A meeting was held under the chair of Chief Minister at his office on Friday in which secretary transport gave a briefing about the trial run of the train.
The chief minister directed to early complete roads’ repair work beneath the train route. The traffic problems should be solved early through an organized plan, he added. The transport minister Jehanzeb Khan Khitchi, MD Punjab Masstransit Authority, secretaries of transport and information departments, Commissioner and DIG (Ops.) Lahore and others attended the meeting.
Today, cities are polluted due to the wrong policies of the past and the incumbent government will clean-up both political as well as environmental pollutions of the past. These views were expressed by the Chief Minister Punjab in a meeting with minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gull who called on him at his office on Friday.
Both the leaders discussed the strategy of dealing with smog issue and overcoming the environmental pollution. Talking on this occasion, the chief minister regretted that past governments aggravated the political pollution through their corruption and spate of nepotism. Air pollution was increased by erecting tangled building infrastructure. He disclosed that urban forest stations will be set up at an area of 60 thousand kanals in Lahore.
Meanwhile, he added that steel rolling industries and brick-kilns are being transferred to zigzag technology and added that a deadline of 2020 has been given in this regard. Usman Buzdar said the campaign of overcoming environmental pollution and smog has been further expedited and maintained that Punjab Green Development Program costing 273 million dollars will prove a game-changer in this regard. 30 new air quality monitoring stations will be set up in Punjab as overcoming the phenomenon of environmental degradation is very essential.
The Punjab government has also constituted a taskforce to deal with the smog issue through a comprehensive strategy. The government is fully committed to providing a neat and clean environment to the people as effluence badly affects the environment as well as human health, the chief minister concluded.