PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has that air pollution is negatively affecting public health, therefore the provincial government has decided to purchase air quality monitors to keep a check on the pollution level.

Chief Minister said that the provincial government has already started efforts to combat challenges of pollution and climate change through ‘KP Green Growth Initiative’ and billion Tree Tsunami project (BTTP) which has received international recognition.

The Chief minister this while talking to senior environmentalist and lawyer Ahmad Rafey Alam who called on him at CM House on Thursday. Mehmood Khan said that pollution and climate change are two issues confronted by people in KP and the government has already started efforts to address these problems.

He said revealed the plan that KP government has decided to install Air Quality Monitors in Peshawar and other districts of the province that were affected by air pollution, he said and added that ensuring clean environment to citizens of KP was among the topmost priorities of the government.

Speaking on the occasion, Rafey Alam extended full support in providing his expertise for reducing pollution in KP. He said, among many environmental challenges faced by urban areas of the country, air quality was especially difficult to manage. The negative impacts of pollution include elevated risk of cardiovascular problems like heart diseases, stroke and acute diseases, he observed.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Advisor Kamran Bangash has also disclosed that the KP government has installed air monitoring equipment at the offices of Chief Secretary and Mayor Peshawar to check air quality on experimental bases.

Bangash has added that the government is soon installing the same equipment at important installations of Peshawar city after which data will be collected and data-driven decisions will be taken for improving the air quality of the city.