China to help Pakistan in tackling smog crisis by installing smog towers in Punjab


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LAHORE: China will help Pakistan by addressing the smog crisis through the implementation of smog towers in Punjab, support for artificial rain initiatives, and the establishment of advanced air quality monitoring systems.

Artificial rain

Firstly, the partnership involves the implementation of artificial rain in smog-affected areas. Cloud seeding, seen as the most effective method for inducing artificial rain, will be employed, with arrangements already finalised for Chinese experts to visit Pakistan.

Smog towers:

Secondly, Chinese anti-smog technology will be leveraged by installing smog towers in Lahore and other parts of the province. This initiative gained momentum after a successful meeting between Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Pun­jab Mohsin Naqvi and Chinese Consul General Lahore Zhao Shiren. The Consulate has provided detailed information on smog-eating towers built in China to the Chief Minister Office Task Force Smog.

According to the Chinese Consul General, ensuring good air quality is crucial for the well-being of Lahore’s residents. The proposed smog towers, towering over 100 meters, are designed to enhance air quality in the city, addressing concerns raised by the World Health Organization.

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Air quality monitoring stations

Simultaneously, the Chinese company Norinco International Pakistan Branch has inked a contract with the Environment Protection Department of the Government of Punjab to establish air quality monitoring stations. Valued at Rs3.65 billion, this initiative will set up 21 air quality monitoring stations, including 16 fixed and 5 mobile units, across Punjab. These stations will provide real-time data on crucial parameters such as particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), empowering policymakers and stakeholders to make informed decisions and develop effective strategies to combat air pollution.

 

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