Lahore: According to press reports, Punjab Minister for Environmental Protection Bao Muhammad Rizwan ordered the formation of five anti-pollution teams for Lahore on Monday (November 15) to combat the city’s growing smog.

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The squads will be made up of members from the departments of environmental protection, police, city administration, LESCO, the Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), and Municipal Corporation Limited (MCL).

These pollution squads, according to sources, would be able to inspect a wide range of industrial units, automobiles, agricultural units, and other facilities.

Minister Rizwan further claimed that the government has established district-level committees that will collaborate with smog squads to curb stubble burning.

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Furthermore, according to the ministry, car pollution accounts for 45 percent of smog, with industrial pollution accounting for 25% and agricultural pollution accounting for 20%. He urged individuals to take extra care to protect themselves, reduce smog, and help the administration identify pollution by filing complaints with the government’s helpline.

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