In a first, Lahore PHA doles out e-bikes to staff in air pollution fight

LAHORE   -   The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) will distribute a first batch of electric bikes to its workforce on Monday, becoming the first government department to embrace eco-friendly commuting in the fight against air pollution.While all cities are affected, outdoor air pollution in Lahore stands at 15 to 17 times above the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to the data. Chairing a meeting convened to discuss the initiative here on Sunday, PHA Director General Muhammad Tahir Wattoo emphasised the need to improve the air quality of Lahore and reviewed the measures taken so far to achieve that outcome. The DG observed that ebikes, being zero-emission vehicles using lithium-ion batteries, have emerged as a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to traditional transportation. “They offer the potential to reduce fuel costs with zero noise and air pollution,” he said. The Electric Vehicles Policy of Pakistan 2020–2025 is a crucial component of the government’s ambition to promote local production of e-vehicles, providing incentives, with the ultimate goal of capturing a substantial share of the market.

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