Senate body asks ministry to introduce modern world’s vehicular emission test in Pakistan
- A Senate subcommittee sought assistance from the Ministry of Climate Change to draft legislation on vehicular emissions across the capital territory.
- The idea is to bring a check on tailpipe emissions from cars as well as other automobile components.
- Emissions from the vehicles make up 43 percent of air pollution in the city, said Director General Environment Irfan Tariq.
Pakistan is the country that is prone to climatic extremes and anthropogenic activities cause tumultuous harm as they multiply the impact generated by the climatic adversaries. The ever-rising global temperature is a phenomenon that has its presence worldwide but the inability to cope with the challenges posed by the environmental hazards places Pakistan in the list of those countries that are badly affected by climate change.
The idea of increased plantation in such a scenario is helpful but counteractive measures are something that is required to confront the climatic challenges by adopting a more positive approach.
Earlier, an initiative has been taken to end the polyethylene waste from the federal capital of the country and for now, the idea moves around curtailing the substandard emissions from the vehicles and to make the laws to fight the air pollution.
A Senate subcommittee last Thursday sought assistance from the Ministry of Climate Change to draft legislation on vehicular emissions across the corridors of power (ICT), a media report read.
The idea is to bring a check on tailpipe emissions from the cars as well as other automobile components and a law should be made to fight the air pollution, said Senator Muhammad Asad Ali Khan Junejo while heading a meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change.
Emissions from the vehicles make up 43 percent of air pollution in the city, said Director General Environment Irfan Tariq. Pakistan Environment Protection Agency Director-General Farzana Altaf Shah told the committee that the fuel quality has to be improved to cope with the issue of pollution caused by the vehicles. Petrol is Euro-II compliant and of slightly better quality but diesel being sold in the open market does not comply with international standards, she added.
Senator Junejo said that despite the poor quality of fuel it was imperative to have legislation for vehicle inspections apart from ensuring the safety measures, adding that we’ll introduce the law gradually without making it burdensome on already overwhelmed people in these hard conditions.
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