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Punjab to impose complete ban on plastic bags from June 5

Electric buses being introduced to combat climate change, says Senior Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb
Screengrab via YouTube/PTV News
Screengrab via YouTube/PTV News

The Punjab government has decided to impose a complete ban on the use of plastic bags from June 5 to combat pollution and enhance environmental quality, without giving an alternative to several shopkeepers and vendors.

“Today marks the launch of the ‘No to Plastic’ campaign with a complete ban on plastic bag usage slated for June 5 to foster a cleaner environment,” Senior Provincial Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said at a press conference in Lahore on Monday.

Every year in winter, Lahore has been ranked the world’s most polluted city with the worst air quality, especially in winters.

Last year, the caretaker government had its maiden experiment with artificial rain to combat smog. It improved the city’s air quality level from “hazardous” to “unhealthy”.

“Modern machinery is being provided to farmers to address crop residue burning, while the ban on plastic bags aims to eliminate smog and protect public health from diseases such as lung cancer,” she added and emphasized ongoing efforts to reduce industrial pollution, carbon emissions and deploy modern technology to purify the air.

She expressed confidence that Punjab would set a shining example of environmental stewardship in the coming years.

The senior minister announced awareness campaigns in educational institutions to educate students about the importance of environmental preservation and the adverse effects of pollution.

In addition to launching Punjab’s largest tree plantation drive, the government is introducing electric buses and a modern air quality monitoring system, she noted.

She underscored the integration of environmental studies into the education curriculum to nurture a culture of environmental consciousness among students.

Furthermore, efforts are underway to safeguard forests and wildlife, with initiatives such as wildlife mapping and accelerated campaigns for forest conservation, the senior minister added.

(With input from APP)

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