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Punjab govt fails to collect adequate data on pollution despite massive funding

LAHORE -UNS – Environment Protection Department is reported on Tuesday to be lacking required data and statistics to take steps for a cleaner environment at a time when Punjab is struggling with poisonous smog.

According to a report compiled here at Dunya News, a station of air monitoring in Lahore and six laboratories in different cities of Punjab are dysfunctional after equipment worth billions of Rupees was imported in bid to cultivate a cleaner atmosphere.

Expensive Compact Air Pointers positioned across Punjab are out of use leaving Punjab government with some six units in the province for data which the experts are cynical provide accurate statistics.

According to a report, the Government of Punjab spent at least Rs 2.13 billion on foreign equiment for the cause in the last ten years. Moreover, an advanced unit of air quality monitoring station that imported from Japan and positioned in Town Hall is out of order.

It is being reported at a time when life has been crippled by smog in areas of Punjab including the capital city Lahore.

A rain today in parts of Punjab is to bring some respite for the people, according to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD).

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