In order to control increasing pollution, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government is making efforts to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) dedicated to electric vehicle manufacturing with assistance of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), said Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam. The Prime Minister had ordered the authorities concerned to ensure conversion of 30 per cent of all cars running in the country into electric vehicles by 2030.
Addressing a meeting with electric vehicle manufacturers from China on Friday, he said, “There is plenty of skilled to semi-skilled workforce available in Kamra (Attock), the proposed site for the SEZ.” “Electric vehicles will not only bring reduction in environmental pollution but also minimize Pakistan’s oil import bill.”
“The ministry had also negotiated for installation of electrical charging infrastructures with oil marketing companies whereas their response was encouraging,” he added. A delegation comprising of JW Forland, manufacturers of Foton vehicles, and Daewoo Pakistan visited the ministry and expressed its willingness to set up electric bus manufacturing facility in Pakistan.
The technology will help to cut the demand for oil and we could save about Rs2 billion annually. In addition, pollution will reduce by up to 70 per cent,” he added. He also announced plans to launch Green Rickshaws in the country and for this purpose the government was holding talks with different stakeholders.
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17 November, 2019