The Punjab Government has announced that all public and private schools in Lahore will remain closed for three days a week from November 27 to January 15 because of the toxic smog situation in the provincial capital keeps getting worse.
In a notification, the Punjab Relief Commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar said that restrictions would be in place from November 27 to January 15 during which all public and private schools in Lahore will remain closed for three days a week (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).
Furthermore, the notification also stated that the restrictions applies to private offices in the capital, which will also remain closed for three days a week.
It bears mentioning that Lahore has been ranked among the top five cities with the worst air quality with an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 167. The Punjab Government has announced hefty fines to combat the smog situation in Lahore. The decision was taken during the steering committee meeting on smog headed by relief commissioner Babar Hayat.
The meeting decided to impose a fine of Rs. 2,000 on smoke-emitting motorcycles and four-wheelers, while those involved in burning their harvest or smoke-emitting brick kilns will be fined Rs. 50,000. Furthermore, any factory found emitting smoke will be charged Rs. 50,000 as fine.
Meanwhile, the steering committee also directed the provincial departments to minimize the use of official vehicles to 50 percent in order to combat the rising smog, especially in Lahore. The meeting asked the concerned deputy commissioners to effectively enforce the decisions.