Islamabad: As smog encapsulates Punjab and the adjoining region, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired Monday an urgent huddle in which he recommended the involved branch to expedite smooth air coverage to combat the smog-led fears that lay in advance
The situation regarding smog:
The session briefed the PM on the possible state of affairs regarding smog that might increase within the weeks to come and sought PM’s approval for the policy to chart out measures of curbing the pollution quotient. The policy of the previous year is probably to be repeated this time around as well.
Focused on the Smog-led crisis:
Within the briefing targeted on the smog-led crisis, the PM became instructed that the areas maximum probably to yield to the damage might be Punjab and KP cities, which dread the following couple of weeks. Imran Khan suggested the huddle attended by his adviser on climate change Malik Amin Aslam, federal information minister Fawad Chaudhry amongst different senior secretaries and officials.
The government of Punjab taking a decision:
Separately today, from the other steps taken for the matter, the government of Punjab notified the shutting down of all govt and private schools and private offices three days each week beginning November 27, in its degree to decrease the smog.
November 15 till January 27, the public and private schools shall remain closed:
The authorities announced their decision amid the alarming smog issue so that the frequency of traffic at the roads contributing to the pollution and chance of accidents can be mitigated. Beginning November 15 till January 27, the private and non-private schools and all private offices shall remain closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, the notification stated.
The city of Lahore was declared the world’s most polluted city by air quality monitors, as residents trapped in smoldering smoke are urging officials to take action. Lahore, a bustling metropolitan area with a population of over 11 million in the Punjab province near the Indian subcontinent, remains one of the world’s worst cities for air pollution. Lahore has an air temperature of 348, more than 300 dangerous, according to IQAir, a Swiss technology company that operates the AirVisual monitoring platform. Smoke, the seasonal harvest smoke burns, and the cold winter temperatures combine to form steam clouds. In recent years, citizens have built their own air-conditioning system and have opened lawsuits against government officials who want clean air.
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