Lahore: According to press reports, the Punjab government declared Smog a calamity on Wednesday (October 6) and asked for additional measures to combat the problem. After the US Consulate in Lahore recorded Lahore’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 223 and 231 for Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, the situation changed.

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The government directed the affected departments’ administrative secretaries, as well as commissioners and deputy commissioners, to take extraordinary steps and make demonstrable efforts to reduce the smog’s impact. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has already taken precautions to prevent stubble burning across the province, especially in areas near major cities.

In order to prohibit the burning of materials, rubber products, plastic, and crop remnants, the provincial interior ministry has invoked Section 144 for a month. In a similar vein, the government has already ordered the closure of brick kilns for two months in order to decrease smoke and pollution.

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Furthermore, the government has taken the required precautions to reduce particulate matter emissions from vehicles and pollution. It’s worth noting that Punjab has been engulfed in thick smog from October to January since 2014, with Lahore consistently ranking as the most polluted city.

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