“CNG-based vehicles to cut pollution by 28 pc”

LAHORE: Central Leader of All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha on Wednesday said public transport should be converted on CNG in Punjab as CNG-based vehicles could cut pollution by 28 per cent.  He said that dozens of countries had converted their public transport environment-friendly fuel and Pakistan should follow the suit by introducing CNG in the public transport in the cities of Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Multan so that the masses could get relief.

The APCNGA was ready to cooperate with the government of Punjab in this regard while the availability of CNG kits and cylinders will be ensured, he said.

According to a spokesman for APCNGA, Ghiyas Paracha said this while talking to Punjab Minister for Environment Begum Zakia Shah Nawaz. Secretary of the Ministry Saif Anjum, APCNGA leaders Captain (retd) Shuja, Waqas Ahmed and others were also present.

The leader of the CNG sector said that apart from the public transport, at least 50 per cent of vehicles should be converted on CNG to improve environment on a faster pace as there is no shortage of gas any where in the country.

On the occasion, Provincial Minister for Environment Begum Zakia Shah Nawaz and Secretary Environment Saif Anjum said the provincial government was closing industrial units which were causing pollution while urgent steps were being taken to convert public transport on CNG.  They asked the APCNGA leaders to ensure the proper price of the fuel so that it could become popular in the masses.