Lahore has been suffering from excessive smog for years now. Over the past few years, due to industrialization and pollution, smog is getting worse. Sometimes, in extreme winters, the visibility becomes almost zero which can be catastrophic at times. Several accidents and incidents have been reported which are directly caused by smog. In October 2023, smog again started to terrorise the citizens of Lahore. Therefore, the Punjab Government has announced the closure of schools for 18th October, 2023 in Lahore.
Causes of Smog in Lahore
Lahore has been a major victim of smog for some time now. According to experts, this smog is a direct product of the air pollution in Lahore. The high traffic combined with the industrialization of Lahore has produced unreal amounts of smog over the years. According to reports regarding the quality of air in Lahore, it’s stated that Lahore ranks as the most polluted city worldwide from time to time. Let’s look at the measures taken by the caretaker government to combat smog. Sources suggested that the major culprit for this smog is not factories in Lahore but the emissions from traffic. The factories only account for 7% of the total pollution in Lahore.
Measures Taken by the Government
The caretaker government has announced a variety of measures to tackle the ongoing smog crisis in Lahore. Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi along with several individuals set up a meeting to discuss the ongoing smog issue in Lahore. The government announced the closure of schools, markets, and factories on wednesday.
Several other high profile individuals such as chief secretary, police chief, and numerous provincial ministers will attend the meeting. Just in the last week, the government was placing certain restrictions in the locale which resembled the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, to control the ongoing smog situation.
Moreover, a press conference will be held by the provincial ministers right after the meeting to inform the general public and media. They’ll inform you about the precautionary measures decided in the meeting. Several sources suggest that there might be a total shutdown of all educational institutions alongside marketplaces and factories. However, the government departments are still likely to operate with 50% strength. The government will also fine factories that continue to violate the rules and regulations. It is also stated that the smog is worst on the first three days of the week.