Punjab Government to use ‘artificial rain’ to fight smog crisis in Lahore

This technique was discussed during the meeting held under the supervision of Asif Bilal Lodhi, Commissioner Lahore Division.

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Due to inconsistent and scattered rain patterns in Lahore, the smog in the city has reached a dangerous level on Thursday. Due to the consistently worsening weather conditions, the provincial government has been under pressure to think about immediate solutions, like artificial rain.

This technique was discussed during the meeting held under the supervision of Asif Bilal Lodhi, Commissioner Lahore Division. He stated that the government has started working on this concept and this idea could be executed if the smog level increases.

The Commissioner Lahore Division stated that smog has caused difficulty for urban cities like Lahore. He added that permanent planning of a preventive and remedial strategy and action plan against smog is needed, as there is no compromise on human health.

He said that to tackle the situation, the environment, traffic police, transport, district administrations, agriculture and information departments must play their part and raise public awareness.

He also added that hitherto 12 environment teams were working on an anti-smog campaign in Lahore, but now 36 teams will be active in Lahore, and the teams would also check the vehicles entering into the city at night.

18 zonal officers of MCL will work in collaboration:

Mr. Asif Bilal said that traffic police and all 18 zonal officers of MCL will work in collaboration with the environment team. As per him, all the departments were working effectively separately but grouped efforts would be more beneficial.

Commissioner Lahore also directed DCs of Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib and Kasur to increase their efforts to Lahore’s level because those districts were adjoining to one another.

A zero-tolerance policy will be adopted on the burning of crops’ stubble and emissions of gases from brick-kilns, vehicles and industrial units. He said that the crackdown would be continued on kilns without zigzag technology.

Fitness certificates for all government vehicles must be renewed in the next three days. A heavy public awareness campaign was needed and this news must also be reflected in the media.

DCs were ordered to get pinpoint locations from satellite imagery to stop crop burning. He also said that other than Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, and Sheikhupura were also experiencing smog severely.

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