LCCI urges government to control real factors responsible for pollution

Lahore, November 13, 2017 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to control the real factors that are causing smog and pollution instead of putting responsibility on just industrial sector. In a statement, the LCCI Acting President Zeeshan Khalil said that issue of pollution cannot be tackled until and unless genuine reasons are not identified. Unfortunately, concerned departments are blaming industry for pollution but ground realities are quite different. The LCCI Acting President said that deforestation, vehicles emission, adulteration in fuels, power plants, infrastructure development projects and garbage burning are adding to the awful pollution.

He said that coal and fossil-fuel fired power plants are releasing carbon dioxide, methane nitrous oxide, fluorinated and other greenhouse gases. He said that fuel emissions, being used in vehicles, are another source of air pollution while adulterated fuel is further aggravating the situation. He said that garbage and wood etc fire causes air pollution by releasing hazardous particles into the air. He said that these particles can also put horrible affects on the human health.

The LCCI Acting President said that deforestation is affecting the atmosphere badly as these acts as a shield against greenhouse gases. He said that forests and tress sustain and protect us, provide clean air and water, safeguarding biodiversity and act as a buffer against climate change. He said that for many people, forest also offer food, shelter and employment. He said that deforestation in Pakistan seems minor but actually is a big issue as it is not only leaving adverse impacts on the environment but also hitting the economy hard.

He suggested that instead of shifting the responsibilities and finding out the easy ways like closure of industries, concerned department should collaborate with private sector and work hand in hand to get rid of the menace of pollution. He said that government, private sector and all segments of society should also join hands to tackle the issue of shrinking forests in Pakistan. He said government should divert attention towards power generation through hydel resources to reduce dependence from the resources that are causing environment pollution.

For more information, contact:
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-36368854
Website: www.lcci.org.pk

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