Lahore: Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has officially declared smog as a ‘Calamity.’ This official statement, made on November 2nd, shows a crucial step taken to address the smog issue and minimize its impact.
To handle this worsening situation, PDMA has designated deputy commissioners in Punjab as relief commissioners. PDMA has emphasized its commitment to taking all necessary measures to control the smog crisis in Lahore. The provincial administration has also banned the burning of crop residues across the whole province.
In an important session chaired by Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Mohsin Naqvi, he deliberated on essential decisions related to schools, colleges, and public transport during this emergency. Contrary to expectations, schools, colleges, and public transport will remain open during this period.
Environmental experts have advised CM Naqvi that closing these institutions and public transport would not help mitigate the smog. Instead, authorities have launched an extensive awareness campaign. It will target the general public and educational institutions as part of their strategy to minimize the adverse effects of smog.