The Ministry of Science and Technology is set to introduce eco-friendly motorbikes and rickshaws in a bid to reduce carbon emissions across the country. These eco-friendly vehicles will not use any fossil fuels, and instead, they will be operated on rechargeable batteries.
Earlier on Saturday, the Minister for Science and Technologies, Fawad Chaudhry, visited the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy and Technologies, where he conducted a test drive of the newly released, battery-operated motorbike and rickshaw.
Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that these electronic motorbikes and rickshaws will aid the nation in conserving energy resources, and protecting the environment against pollution, which has increased manifold.
Chaudry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Science & Technology, launches electric motorbike and electri rickshaw.. pic.twitter.com/V7ArIFLhoA
— Ministry of Science & Technology (@MinistryofST) September 2, 2019
Fawad Chaudhry noted that battery-powered automobiles and vehicles are the future of transportation, and they will help Pakistan emerge as one of the greatest markets for rickshaws and motorcycles. He noted that the PTI-led government has come forward with a vision for innovation, and the Federal government is determined to reduce the dependency on petroleum products by introducing electronic technology into the transportation industry.
Fawad Chaudhry said, “The use of electronic vehicles will help curb carbon emissions into the environment.”
The PTI-led government has set a target of converting 30% of the vehicles in the transportation industry to electronic vehicles by 2030.
The Minister for Science and Technology noted, “Pakistan is amongst the countries that are using the largest number of motorcycles”. He underscored that the introduction of electronic vehicles across Pakistan is not only beneficial for the environment, but in fact, it will also assist in uplifting the economic condition of Pakistan.
Fawad Chaudhry noted that each year, Pakistan spends over $12 billion on the imports of oil from various oil-supplying nations. The Ministry of Climate Change has also observed that the introduction of electronic vehicles can help Pakistan save rupees 109 billion each year.
Fawad Chaudry on cheapest mineral water and electric motorbike and rickshaw on Hum News. pic.twitter.com/P0D70xbV8v
— Ministry of Science & Technology (@MinistryofST) September 3, 2019
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed his cabinet ministers to work on introducing electronic vehicles across the country in a bid to reduce air pollution. The PTI-led government has set a target of converting 30% of the vehicles in the transportation industry to electronic vehicles by 2030.
Safe Drinking Water
The Minister for Science and Technology also announced that the Ministry is working towards launching a new brand of clean bottled water, which will be supplied to governmental offices during the first phase of the launch.
Fawad Chaudhry noted that the brand would be named, “Safe Drinking Water” and as compared to other varieties of mineral water brands sold across Pakistan, it would be a much inexpensive alternative.
Earlier in August, the Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) apprised a parliamentary committee that all companies providing bottled water in Pakistan are selling “artificial water” under the guise of natural and clean drinking water.
The PCRWR, a leading research organization associated with the Ministry of Science and Technology, observed that these bottled water brands operating in other countries are not allowed to sell “artificial” water to their citizens.
Fawad Chaudhry said that the introduction of safe and clean drinking water with affordable rates will allow the Ministry of Science and Technology to address the issue of scarcity and widespread unaffordability of clean drinking water.