The Punjab Government has decided against closing schools amid the rising air pollution and smog across the province. The decision has been made during the anti-smog committee formed to mitigate the effects of the extremely hazardous air quality in Punjab, especially in the provincial capital of Lahore.
The meeting was attended by Minister of Punjab for Finance Hashim Jawan Bakht, Senior Member Board of Revenue Babar Hayat Tard, DGP DMA Raja Mansoor Ahmed and others. The Standing Committee on Smog rejected the proposal to close the schools in Punjab and decided to impose a one-month ban on Euro 2 Oil in Lahore in order to combat the rising air pollution in the city.
However, the meeting suggested that schools in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Multan should be closed if the smog situation worsens in these cities. However, the schools will start online classes if that happens.
Meanwhile, the commissioners have been tasked to ensure that only Euro-5 fuel is sold in Lahore for one month starting December 2021 in order to curb the rising air pollution in the city.