In order to control increasing pollution, Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed federal and provincial authorities to ensure to finalise electric vehicle policy in the next two weeks and present it before the federal cabinet for approval. The prime minister ordered the authorities concerned to ensure conversion of 30 per cent of all cars running in the country into electric vehicles by 2030.
Earlier, PM’s Adviser on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam briefed the meeting on the electric vehicle policy. He said smoke emitting vehicles was a major cause of environmental pollution, particularly in Punjab. He said the electric vehicles, besides reduction in environmental pollution, would also lessen oil imports and increase business opportunities in the country. “Pakistan will upgrade about 30 per cent of its road vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030,” he later told the media.
The adviser said the world is now moving towards the electric car and that Pakistan would follow suit. “The technology will help 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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20 July, 2019