”70 percent of trees in Lahore axed over the past decade”, PM Khan lambastes past governments for pollution

''Lahore has reached close to New Delhi in terms of pollution rate, but nobody had thought about it.”

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All the ex rulers of Punjab were recently criticized by Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, as he finds them responsible for the increasing pollution in the provincial capital and nearby areas. Now the government is launching (CGPI) Clean Green Pakistan Index in order to curb the pollution in the city as a part of the efforts of the government. It is something that will also reduce the climate change impact.

Prime Minister of Pakistan indirectly hit out at the former Punjab government (PML-N), he said:

“More than 70 percent of trees in Lahore have been axed and a concrete jungle has been created there over the past decade.”

 

He also added while speaking at Clean agreement Pakistan Index ceremony: “Lahore has reached close to New Delhi in terms of pollution rate, but nobody had thought about it.”

 

For the beginning phase of CGPI campaign, a number of prominent cities (about 19) are selected to compete on various problems of public interest, including Lahore (the provincial capital), Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Sahiwal, Okara, Dera Ghazi Khan, and more.

All these cities would be judged on various grounds in order to address problems like liquid waste management, solid waste management, sanitation, clean drinking water, cleanliness of streets and city corners, city beautification, tree plantation, and usability of parks.

Khan reassured his commitment to making the country clean as well as green. He also urged the public to join the administration in all these efforts. Prime Minister further added that the idea of ‘Naya Pakistan’ will completely alter the destiny of Pakistan.

He said,

“The change of Naya Pakistan will first come into the minds of people and then on the ground.”

The government of Pakistan is introducing a number of campaigns to combat pollution and climate change issues, including Clean Green Pakistan and Billion Trees Tsunami.

 

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