Dawn has a news item today by Suparco, which states that the pollution in the city has crossed tolerable limits. The question is, what is the government doing about it? Or will we be forced to slowly die of air pollution?
An excerpt from the article:
The air and water pollution levels in Karachi have crossed national and international environment quality standards posing serious threat to the lives of 12 million residents of the city. In a report prepared by the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), scientists have warned the government to take immediate measures to check the factors responsible for deteriorating environment. The research report, which was prepared for the city government, also warned that the metropolis had already reached the critical sustenance limits of pollution on roads. The scientists stated: “The impact of a reduced oxygen level on roads is already apparent from the blood picture of the people residing in or making a living at various traffic intersections. Any addition of a polluting system or technology that may increase the concentration of the pollutants by a mere 1 micro gram per cubic meter (¬µg/m3) is likely to be catastrophic. “Accordingly further addition of automobiles to the existing fleet of vehicles should be stopped forthwith,” the scientists of the prime research body recommended.
Read the entire article here