LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Bazdar on Sunday said that smog has been declared a natural calamity for the protection of human lives in Punjab.
Usman Bazdar in his statement said that necessary powers had been given to the deputy commissioners to monitor the measures being taken to control smog.
He said that strict ban on burning of tires in factories should be ensured and ban on burning of crop residues should be strictly implemented.
Usman Bazdar said that the environment department, administration and concerned agencies should ensure implementation of the plan formulated to deal with the smog situation and action should be taken, under the law, against the industries, vehicles and brick kilns embroiled in spreading pollution.
On November 20, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill had blamed previous governments for pollution in Sahiwal.
Without naming a political party, the advisor had said “they built a coal power plant in the lush green agricultural land of Sahiwal which has resulted in the city being ranked as one of the most polluted areas in the country.”
He had said when Prime Minister Imran Khan started the tree-planting programme in 2013, opposition made fun of it.
“The dangerous air pollution has caused respiratory and lung diseases among residents,” he had said sharing a report which claimed that Sahiwal with 394 AQI topped the list of ten most polluted cities of Pakistan, followed by Lahore and Bahawalpur.