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Environmental NOC made mandatory for Punjab's e-bike scheme

04:25 PM | 17 May, 2024
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In a decisive move towards environmental protection, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has mandated that the Punjab government's electronic motorcycle (e-bike) scheme must obtain an environmental No-Objection Certificate (NOC) before proceeding. This ruling was made during a hearing aimed at addressing the pervasive issue of smog and environmental pollution in the region.

Presiding over the case, Justice Shahid Karim emphasized the importance of complying with environmental regulations. He asserted that implementing the e-bike scheme without the necessary environmental clearance would be considered a criminal offence. This highlights the court's commitment to tackling environmental pollution, an issue that Justice Karim noted as critical and urgent.

The LHC's decision underscores the necessity of incorporating stringent environmental measures into government projects to mitigate their impact. The ruling is part of a broader initiative to preserve and enhance the urban environment in Lahore.

In addition to the e-bike scheme directive, the court has issued comprehensive orders for the restoration and safety enhancement of all parks within Lahore. This directive includes a potential imposition of fines to ensure compliance with the restoration efforts.

Furthermore, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has been instructed to restore seven sports complexes and provide a detailed report on tree-felling activities. The court has set a deadline of May 27 for the Punjab government to submit a comprehensive report on these environmental measures.

This ruling by the Lahore High Court represents a proactive judicial approach to environmental conservation, establishing a precedent for ensuring that development projects in the region adhere strictly to environmental standards. It signifies a significant step towards sustainable urban development and the protection of natural resources in Punjab.

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Currency Rates in Pakistan - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 20 June 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on June 20, 2024 (Thursday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.50 for buying and 280.65 for selling.

Euro's buying rate stands at 296 and selling rate is 299 while British Pound rate is 349.7 for buying, and 353.25 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 74.80 and Saudi Riyal at 72.80.

Forex Rates

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.50 280.65
Euro EUR 296.00 299.00
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.70 353.25
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.80 75.60
Saudi Riyal SAR 72.80 73.55
Australian Dollar AUD 182.00 184.00
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.18 749.18
Canadian Dollar CAD 204.00 206.00
China Yuan CNY 38.43 38.83
Danish Krone DKK 40.18 40.58
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.66 36.01
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.90 1.98
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 909.34 909.34
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.30 59.90
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.79 172.79
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.97 26.27
Omani Riyal OMR 723.88 731.88
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203.65 205.65
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 311.90 314.40
Thai Baht THB 7.58 7.73

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