Punjab govt fails to control smog, says Imran Nazir
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Former provincial health minister Imran Nazir has criticised Punjab government on its failure to control smog despite being in the power for the last five years, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
Imran Nazir said on Saturday that Lahorites are becoming ill due to hazardous smog. He questioned Punjab government why it has not made any mechanisms or introduce policy to counter the unbearable smog.
The PML-N politician also criticised the government on non-provision of medicines in public hospitals in province.
Punjab govt fails to meet World Bank goals
Punjab government also failed to meet World Bank goals on smog control.
The provincial government did not complete the green development program funded by World Bank.
The government failed to start work practically on the Rs44 billion program and also WB expressed its reservations multiple times on the utilization of duns to combat smog.
The project including green building and environment reference laboratory, are only confined to papers, as there is nothing practically done.
Also, the provincial did not start the process to buy the eco-friendly buses.
Performance of Environment Dept, district admin & PTC
The performance of provincial environment department, Lahore district administration and Punjab Transport Company PTC, have been badly exposed amid smog rise.
The department did not take sufficient actions to seize and seal the smoke-emitting vehicles and industries respectively.
Despite the special branch highlighted, carbon emission is continuous as per usual in Darogawala, Salamat Pura, Momin Pura and other areas.
Also, smoke-emitting vehicles are frequent on Band Road Saggian, Babu Sabu, Shera Kot, Multan road and others areas.
The anti-smog squad also failed to complete their tasks.
Reporters Ali Ramay, Roa Dilshad Hussain