Multi-model transport to ensure safer environment

STAFF REPORT KHI: Speakers at a seminar said that a multi-model and integrated transport system is needed in big cities like Karachi as relying on a single mode of transport is not feasible.

A sensitisation seminar on the transport sector and its environmental impacts was organised under the Pakistan Sustainable Transport Project (Pakstran) in the city.

Purpose of the seminar was to engage the media and enable them to report on the social, developmental and environmental issues related to the transport sector in the country.

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) country-representative Mahmood Cheema said that the IUCN, a partner in the Pakstran project, has initiated several activities to raise awareness about the issues related to the transport sector in Pakistan.

Pakstran Project-Manager Dr Saleem Janjua said that the tool of awareness has been made an integral part of Pakstran and it is expected that the effective involvement of the media would help promote understanding about the sustainable concepts related to urban transport sector.

Dr Janjua was of the view that the focus of awareness activities would be towards a gradual change in behaviour in order to cause a shift towards a sustainable mode of transportation.

Dr Raza Mehdi of the NED University of Engineering and Technology, mentioned that road transport is the largest source of air pollution in the country.

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