Smog declared as calamity save lives: CM Says DCs empowered to monitor steps taken to deal with smog



Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday said that special powers have been delegated to the Deputy Commissioners to monitor the measures taken to deal with the smog issue.

“Smog has been declared a calamity in Punjab for safeguarding human lives.” The chief minister directed to strictly implement the ban on burning tires in the factories and waste of crops as well, adding that the Environmental Protection Department, administration and agencies concerned should ensure complete implementation of the plan evolved to deal with the smog issue.

Usman Buzdar also directed to initiate legal action against industries, vehicles and brick kilns which are polluting the environment and remain alert to cope with the situation.

He also directed to launch an effective awareness campaign in this regard. He said that violation of ban on burning of garbage will not be tolerated.

The Chief Minister said that Smog Monitoring Cell is being constituted in PDMA which is monitoring the situation 24/7 and 5 anti-smog squads have been formulated in Lahore and scope of the anti-smog squads will be extended.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar said that seeing the process of making Ghilaf-e-Kaaba during Umrah is the happiest and beautiful moment of his life.

The Chief Minister said that he observed the process of making Ghilaf-e-Kaaba and the authorities briefed him about it.

Usman Buzdar termed the observation process of preparing Ghilaf-e-Kaaba is a blessed, great pleasure and an unforgettable moment of his life.

I also prayed for the progress and development, stability and integrity of the country and for the prosperity of the nation, said Usman Buzdar.

On the other hand, CM Usman Buzdar has said that the introduction of Electronic Voting Machines have realized the opposition that their political future is bleak therefore they are afraid of EVMs adding that people are fully aware that which elements are frightened from transparency in elections.

The chief minister mentioned that world is heading towards digitalization but the opposition is trying to push Pakistan back.

Usman Buzdar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has proved the vision of true leadership. The present government is serving the people and working round the clock in this regard.

Opposition is making hue and cry for the last 3 years and will continue to outcry in future as well. PTI government will complete its tenure and opposition will continue to work on the same salary for the next 5 years.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar sought a report from commissioner Faisalabad division about the fire incident in the factory.

He also directed Rescue 1122 and other concerned departments to speed up the relief activities.

He ordered the administration to remain present on the spot and monitor the relief operations. He directed to use all-out resources to extinguish the fire at the earliest.


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