Anti-Smog Cell Launched in Lahore
Lahore: According to a news published on October 27, 2023, the Lahore Division Administration has planned to establish an anti-smog monitoring cell. These cells are established to control and monitor the smog issue that has been persistent in Lahore.
As per the details, the administration is planning to establish an anti-smog monitoring cell to deal with the constant smog issue in Lahore. This special unit will operate under the supervision of the Lahore commissioner and will be led by the additional commissioner (coordination). The specialized cell will also feature many crucial members including the Additional Deputy Commissioner (General), the District Transportation Authority Secretary, and Deputy Directors of Environment from Lahore, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, and Sheikhupura.
The Assistant Commissioner (Revenue), the Parks and Horticulture Authority Director, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Director, the Agriculture Deputy Director, the Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) Director, and the Municipal Officer (Regulations) from the LDA are also included. The Lahore Metropolitan Corporation Municipal Officer (Regulations), Lahore Waste Management Company Deputy General Manager (Operations), Lahore Traffic Police DSP, Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Executive Engineer (Gulberg), and a law officer from the Commissioner’s Office will be part of the special unit.
Furthermore, these members will be responsible for continuously monitoring the smog situation in the Lahore division. they will provide daily reports and presentations on their respective departments’ anti-smog activities to the Assistant Commissioner (revenue) and the committee’s secretary. In addition, the Lahore Commissioner, Mr. Muhammad Ali Randhawa has also requested third-party verification for the anti-smog measures taken by environmental officers.
He has issued a warning to every operating pyrolysis plant, emphasizing the prudent use of water resources for smog-reduction measures. The commissioner also emphasized the importance of harsh penalties for infractions and the distribution of alternative machinery to farmers for more responsible crop residue management. The city’s commitment to tackling smog-related issues is portrayed in the coordinated efforts and particular monitoring of anti-smog measures.
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