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Chief Secretary Punjab Abdullah Khan Sumbal Tuesday directed all the relevant departments to expedite the collective efforts for overcoming the smog.

He issued a directive while presiding over a meeting on smog control at the Civil Secretariat here.

The administrative secretaries of various departments including environment protection, local government, industries, agriculture, transport, health, deputy commissioners (DCs) Lahore and officers concerned attended the meeting while the DCs of Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Narowal, and Faisalabad participated through video link.

The chief secretary said that the smog situation was comparatively better than last year, but a lot of work needed to be done to control environmental pollution.

He issued orders to the Environment Protection Department (EPD) to hold consultative sessions with all the stakeholders including civil society.

He said that the suggestions of civil society would prove to be helpful in preventing smog.

The meeting also decided to carry-out inspections of all the government vehicles.

Briefing the meeting, the secretary EPD said that in October, the authorities sealed 1,058 industrial units causing environmental pollution, registered 696 cases and imposed fines of more than Rs24 million.

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