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Study on development of transport system planned
The News (26 Jan 2005)

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: The traffic police and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), in collaboration with the City District Government Karachi (CDGK), have planned to carry out a feasibility study and development of transport system of the city, a spokesman for Sindh police said on Tuesday.

"The objectives of the project are to assess the contribution of vehicular emissions to the environmental pollution and its impact on air, water, soil, architecture, trees and human health," spokesman added.

The project would be on the basis of socio-economic development and required comprehensive study at different locations with maximum traffic flow and a fully equipped mobile pollution-monitoring laboratory would be used for this purpose, spokesman added.

A meeting which was chaired by Muhammad Yamin Khan, DIG Traffic Karachi, at his office and attended by a 3-member delegation of Suparco, headed by Deputy Chief Engineer, Dr Badar Ghori, spelled out the details of the project with especial reference to stationing of mobile labs at 26 identified sites, for which traffic police will provide necessary staff round the clock.

It is pointed out that such site surreys would be useful for Environmental Impact Assessment of the vehicular traffic, establishment of the baseline data to determine and estimate the extent of pollution and the damages done to health and environment by the major pollutants, in-depth understanding of the environmental hazards and identification of remedial measures, so that the problems of our feasibility study as soon as possible, spokesman said.

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