Clean and Green Pakistan Index project to be launched in September: Amin Aslam

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The “Clean and Green Pakistan Index” project will be launched next month, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said.

Briefing Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad on Saturday on the Clean and Green Pakistan Index project, the advisor said that in the first phase, the project will be initiated in 12 cities of Punjab and seven cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Amin Aslam said that under the project, cities and the surrounding areas will be graded in respect of provision and drainage of water, solid waste management, cleanliness, and ratio of trees with the participation of the federal, provincial and local governments.

The advisor also briefing the prime minister on the progress in 10 billion tree project, ban on use of polyphone bags in Islamabad, electric vehicles policy, rules and regulations about green buildings and other steps for environmental protection.

The advisor on climate change told that the process of planning regarding 10 billion tree tsunami at provincial level has been completed, and its PC-I has been prepared. He said that about 3.25 billion trees will be planted in the first phase of the project, which will be reviewed after two years.

Malik Amin Aslam briefed that encouraging results were received about ban on the use of polythene bags in the Federal Capital at initial level, and the decision is being appreciated by all segments of the society.

Amin Aslam said that a policy has been formulated regarding electric vehicles, which will soon be presented to the Federal Cabinet. He said that rules and regulations for green buildings have also been designed, which will also be unfolded soon.

Furthermore, he said that a tree plantation campaign being I launched in Lahore tomorrow, in which 30 million saplings will be planted.

The prime minister directed for inclusion of every segment in the steps being taken to protect environment and deal with challenges of climate change. He said that public awareness should be created about climate change issues.

Imran Khan said that the Federal Capital should be made a model city in respect of environmental protection, and later the campaign should be extended to other cities of the Country.