CHITRAL: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Monday inaugurated an environment friendly e-taxi for northern areas of the country.
Addressing the launching ceremony of the first ever electric vehicles being introduced as taxis in the hilly terrain of northern areas through a joint venture between Sapphire Group and Faisal Movers, he said: “I congratulate Sapphire Group and Faisal Movers for their joint initiative as they are embracing the future in the field of advanced mobility and sustainable growth.”
The joint venture aimed to reduce the country’s carbon footprint through implementation of a strong de-carbonisation action plan that would help preserve the natural environment of northern areas, especially Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).
He said GB had massive potential for tourism but was equally vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
“We have the responsibility to protect its environment as fuel based vehicular emissions are detrimental for the local environment and ecology. GB is generating a major chunk of our tourism, so we cannot pollute it,” he added.
He said the e-taxi would start from the federal capital to Murree and Nathiagali whereas its powerful engine and battery capacity could also let the vehicle venture into hilly areas. .. Courtesy: Startup Pakistan