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PAKISTAN TO INSTALL AIR QUALITY MONITORING EQUIPMENT ACROSS THE COUNTRY

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ISLAMABAD,Pakistan’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plans to install air quality monitoring equipment in days ahead with the assistance of the federal government across the country, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

Talking to APP, an EPA official said that violators causing environmental pollution in the country would be dealt with iron hands to save the depleting ecosystem.

She said seven fixed and three mobile ambient air quality monitoring stations have been set-up in all provincial and federal capitals as all cities have been suffering from serious pollution due to high influx of vehicular traffic.

EPA had installed six air quality monitoring units in Lahore, with 30 more are likely to be put in place soon, she added.

Among other measures, there are also plans to “replace the archaic polluting city buses with newer models, accelerate tree planting and raising parking fees (to spur public transport use)”.

She said despite the warning notices to owners of industries and brick kilns they have been mushrooming in the cities over the years.

EPA had served warning notices to 50 brick kilns and more than 130 buses and other vehicles were fined in the last 2 months, she said.

The air quality control measures taken are expected to help cut 50 percent of air pollution in the next couple of years.

Source: NAM NES NETWORK

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