The Punjab government declared smog a calamity on Wednesday (October 6) and asked for additional measures to combat the problem. After the US Consulate in Lahore recorded Lahore’s Air Quality Index (AQI) at 223 and 231 for Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5, the situation changed.

The government directed the affected departments’ administrative secretaries and commissioners, and deputy commissioners to take extraordinary steps and make demonstrable efforts to reduce the Smog’s impact.

The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has already taken precautions to avoid stubble burning across the province, particularly near major cities. To prohibit the burning of materials, rubber products, plastic, and crop remnants, the provincial interior ministry has invoked Section 144 for a month.

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To reduce smoke and pollution, the government has already ordered the closure of brick kilns for two months. Furthermore, the government has taken the required precautions to reduce particulate matter emissions from vehicles and pollution.