Electric buses are ideal alternative to reduce automobile carbon footprints. Three of Punjab’s cities – Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala – are constantly ranked in the 30 most polluted cities in the world.
“Government is committed to cut down carbon emissions and reduce environmental pollution to slash carbon footprints”, this is said by Asad Gilani, Transport Secretary, Government of Punjab while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Pakistan’s first-ever urban forest.
He further added that government is implementing plenty of measure to struggle environmental pollution.
He announced to launch 300 battery operated buses to the transport sector of Punjab. This initiative is part of a greater government policy for Clean Green Pakistan program.
“Government is considering two different models of battery powered buses, eight-meter and 12-meter long. But we are more tending towards eight-meter long buses”, said Gilani.
He mentioned that government most likely considering battery powered buses from China and Austria.
Lamenting on the arrival of these buses, he told that there is not set time for when these buses will be running on roads, but there are more chances that these buses will arrive before the smog appears on Lahore.
It is pertinent to mention that last year in November, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by Ministry of Science and Technology with a private ride-hailing service to introduce electric vehicles in the country, as reported by Radio Pakistan.
Under this MoU, said company will introduce electric battery-operated buses and will also expend PKR 12 billion to develop its transport bus service in the country.
Speaking on the occasion Malik Amin Aslam, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change mentioned that government is targeting to plant two hundred million trees in Punjab province to mitigate climate effects.
According to data by AirVisual, Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala are the three mega cities of Punjab province that are constantly ranked in 30 most polluted cities in the world.