Punjab Bans Crop Burning, Smoky Vehicles to Prevent Smog


by Saeed Iqbal

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Chief Minister of Punjab, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, orders the administration to implement SOPs to prevent smog in major cities, including Lahore. These SOPs will also help to eliminate pollution.


The months, November and December, are coming when smog severely affects big cities such as Lahore and Faisalabad. To prevent smog during these months, CM Punjab ordered the provincial government to take measures against the causes of smog and pollution. He further said that no laxity would be acceptable in order to implement the SOPs.

CM Punjab in his statement indicated that pollution has become a catastrophe for human life. The burning of garbage and crop residue is making the situation worse. Pervaiz Elahi has directed the provincial authorities to take actions against the one who burns agricultural residue.

Smoke-emitting vehicles are also increasing the risks of smog. There would be an anti-smog squad that will ban such vehicles that emit smoke above the specified limits. The Assistant Commissioner of Lahore is also visiting the entrance and exits of Lahore regularly to ban these vehicles.

To implement the SOPs for smog, the Chief Secretary of Punjab, Abdullah Khan Sumbal also chaired a meeting on Wednesday. The chief secretary directed the officers to speed up the crackdown against industrial units and smoky vehicles to clean the environment.

Abdullah Sumbal during the meeting explained that preemptive measures are essential to prevent smog. These measures will also help in cleaning the overall environment. He further said that police officers and other law-and-order agencies will also provide assistance to the authorities to implement SOPs.

Every year, smog affects thousands of people in many cities in Punjab. There is an increase in various health problems such as flu and cough due to smog. Preventive measures of the Punjab Government will also help to prevent health problems during the months when smog affects severely.