Punjab Government Takes Drastic Steps Against Smog: Schools Closed on Fridays and Saturdays

The Punjab government, led by Caretaker CM Mohsin Naqvi, has implemented significant measures to combat the ongoing smog crisis in the province. In response to worsening air quality, schools in Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, and Sahiwal divisions will remain closed on Fridays and Saturdays. To address the root cause, air-purifying towers will be installed in Lahore, and the government plans to provide 10,000 electric bikes to students at a subsidized rate. Government employees may also have the opportunity to lease e-bikes.

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In an effort to control market activities without a complete shutdown, markets will be closed until 3 PM on Fridays and Saturdays and entirely on Sundays. Restaurants are subject to a similar restriction, with opening allowed only after 3 PM on weekends. A unique measure to combat smog includes restricting access to Lahore’s Mall Road to cyclists from morning till 5 PM every Sunday.

Caretaker CM Naqvi emphasized the importance of complying with government directives, particularly the consistent use of masks. These measures reflect a multifaceted approach to address the immediate challenges posed by smog while also promoting sustainable transportation and environmental consciousness. The government’s proactive stance aims to safeguard public health and mitigate the adverse effects of air pollution in the region.

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