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PDMA bans all smog-causing activities

LAHORE: Punjab Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has banned all commercial activities across the province that cause of smog.

Punjab Relief Commissioner and Senior Member board of Revenue (SMBR) Zahid Akhtar Zaman on Monday issued a notification declaring the smog as calamity in terms of Punjab National Calamities (Prevention and Relief) Act 1958.

The notification also mentions the steps to be taken to tackle smog.

The relief commissioner said that special teams would be formed to control smog while crisis room has been set up in PDMA office to monitor and prevent smog. He maintained that industrial units emitting black smoke would be closed and steps should be taken to reduce smoke emitting from traffic.

He said that setting crop residue on fire would be strictly prohibited. He warned that strict action would be taken against crop burning and deputy commissioner concerned would be held responsible for violation in that regard.

He said that the deputy commissioners must take necessary measures to control smog, adding that strict action would be taken against vehicles, industries causing pollution and other factors causing smog including burning of garbage, plastic and tires.

Kilns operating without zigzag technology would be fined from Rs 50,000 to Rs 100,000, while industrial units operating without smoke control devices would also be fined from Rs.50,000 to Rs.100,000, he informed.

He said that smoke advisory would be issued through departments concerned.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.