KP government to combat air pollution by installing monitors

PESHAWAR: The provincial government has decided to install air quality metres across the provincial capital, to check the level of air pollution by collecting data and devising mitigation plans.

During a meeting held on Thursday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan briefed that air pollution and climate change are two of the biggest public health issues which are currently faced by the province. He further added that significant changes need to be implemented to make a strong impact on reducing air pollution rates. Hence, by installing air quality monitors in Peshawar and other districts of the province, the effects of air pollution will be kept in check.

The meeting was held with environmentalist and lawyer Ahmad Rafay Alam, who explained that installing air quality monitors will help distinguish between areas where pollutant levels violate an ambient air quality standard and areas where they do not. By using the data produced by monitoring the activity, he said, cities can develop timely responses to pollution and help ensure cleaner air for all of the residents.

Provincial Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra talked about the government is also taking solid measures to control air pollution.

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