PESHAWAR  - The Government of Khyber Pakthunkhwa has decided to establish Vehicles Fitness Testing Station (VFTS) to control vehicles emission and environmental pollution in the provincial capital.

Official sources told this news agency on Sunday that this is a pilot project aimed at helping analyze load of exhaust emission and will issue fitness certificate besides providing training and technical support on emission equipment and disseminate information among stakeholders and general masses about health hazards of environmental pollutions.

The prime objective of the station would be helping support of the reduction of vehicular emissions. In first phase, this project would be launched in Peshawar and later would be extended to other districts of the province, he informed.

The government has included this scheme in Annual Development Programme (ADP) 20112-13 keeping in view of rapid increase in the number of vehicles, lack of emission control technologies, low oil/ fuel quality, lack of enforcement and lack of awareness are major factors contributing to the air pollution levels in Peshawar.

The station would be equipped with a set of latest and sophisticated BOSJCH emission control technology units and well trained staff to test and analyze emissions of all kind of petrol and diesel vehicles.

This would help reduce harmful emissions, ensure better fuel/ engine efficiency, reduce maintenance requirements, and test besides identifying vehicles, which are violating the notified National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS).

He said this scheme has been included in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2012-13 and work on it would start in current fiscal year.

The station will undertake a comprehensive study for viable solutions of traffic problems in Peshawar.

The official said land would also be purchased for establishment of a general truck stand at Peshawar. To launch three new schemes and complete seven ongoing projects, the official said, the government has allocated Rs 199.750 million for environment sector in the current budget.

The government is focusing on formation and delivering the government transport strategy. The role of Transport Department is to set strategy and policy context and to establish and manage relationships with the organizations that responsible for delivery.

He sought suggestions of masses for improvement of transport system in Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department here Sunday predicted hot and dry weather in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and Fata with no chance of rain during the next 24 hours.

According to Met Office, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending southeastwards.

In next 24 hours, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most part of the country. Most parts of the upper and central Punjab, Eastern Balochistan would remain under the grip of heat wave conditions during next 2 to 3 days.

The Met office forecast partly cloudy weather for Abbottabad while hot and dry weather for DI Khan, Parachinar and Peshawar is predicated.

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most part of the country during next 48 hours. The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country in last 24 hours.

Maximum temperatures were recorded at Sibi and Turbat 46 degree centigrade, Dalbandin and Jacobabad 45oC.

The pollen count remained 25 per cubic meter.

Meanwhile, the Flood Forecasting Cell (FFC), Peshawar, has reported medium flood in River Adezai at Adezai bridge where 33,452 cusec water discharged on Sunday morning.

According to the Cell, all the other rivers are flowing normal. The Spokesman urged people to confirm reporters about floods from the Cell and not to pay attention to rumors.