Taking a pioneering step towards combating air pollution, the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in Punjab has become the first government department to embrace eco-friendly commuting methods.
In a decisive move, the authority has opted to distribute electric bikes among its employees, marking a significant commitment to fostering environmentally conscious transportation practices within the organization. The initial batch of these eco-friendly e-bikes is set to be distributed today, signaling PHA’s dedication to promoting sustainable commuting practices.
A pivotal meeting, presided over by Director General Muhammad Tahir Wattoo, laid the groundwork for this transformative initiative. During the session, the director general underscored the critical importance of enhancing the air quality in Lahore.
DG Tahir Wattoo expressed his views on the department’s progressive initiative, highlighting e-bikes as the optimal alternative to traditional transportation. He emphasized their eco-friendly nature and their role in mitigating air pollution, stating, “They offer the potential to reduce fuel costs with zero noise and air pollution.”
The director general further noted the significance of the Electric Vehicles Policy of Pakistan 2020–2025, considering it a pivotal element in the government’s drive to boost local manufacturing of e-bikes.
In the context of the ongoing case concerning smog in Punjab, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has consistently advocated for the provision of e-vehicles to government employees. Additionally, the court has been a proponent of cultivating a cycling culture in the province. In a recent development, the LHC has mandated the closure of all educational institutes every Saturday in the province until the end of January 2024.