Govt’s steps, rain settle smog in city

The steps to combat smog taken by the Punjab government and scattered rain in central Punjab become blessings for the citizens of the provincial capital and its suburban areas as it settled the smog.
The Met department sources told APP on Monday that smog has almost settled, however, precautionary measures were underway.
It is pertinent to mention that the last year Lahore remained covered with smog for over two weeks, causing breathing problems and traffic accidents. People were not the only ones affected but animals and plants were also negatively impacted by the smog.
Earlier, Punjab Minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment Mian Aslam Iqbal had said the Punjab government was adopting adequate measures to combat pollution and smog across the province.
“A crackdown has been launched against those causing air and environmental pollution,” he added.
The Environment Protection Department (EPD) had already prohibited the use of substandard fuel in factories and there was also a ban on the burning of crop stubble and garbage.
Coal-fired brick kilns were closed from October to December, the EPD sources said.
The Punjab Clean Air Commission has been set up in the province to control pollution and smog and committees had been constituted at tehsil and district levels for monitoring of measures to control environmental pollution.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Lahore, Capt (r) Anwarul Haq said all industrial units have been directed to install smoke controlling device for the treatment of poisonous smoke and brick kilns association has been asked to adopt zig zag technology on all brick kilns.—APP

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