November, 29, 2023
Punjab Enforces One-Week Mask Mandate in Smog-Hit Areas

Punjab Enforces One-Week Mask Mandate in Smog-Hit Areas

Infostani Sources- Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi has instructed the Department of Primary and Secondary Health Care to enforce a mandatory one-week mask-wearing requirement in 10 districts of Punjab. Minister of Primary and Secondary Health Care, Dr. Jamal Nasir, announced the issuance of a regular notification in this regard. The Punjab government has mandated the use of masks for all individuals in districts affected by smog due to air pollution. The mask-wearing requirement applies to Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Nankana Sahib, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, and Nararwal. Dr. Jamal Nasir emphasized that safeguarding the health of citizens is the top priority for the Punjab government.

All residents must wear masks to prevent allergies and diseases caused by smog. Additionally, even on holidays, smog engulfs many cities in Punjab, causing the skies to turn green. Despite the lockdown in Lahore, the AirCo Alti Index has reached 405. Faisalabad recorded 314 AQIs, while Gujranwala recorded 254. There is a rise in complaints of cold, fever, and throat infections due to smog. The Meteorological Department predicts dry and cold weather in most parts of Punjab, including Lahore, over the next 24 hours. Smog and fog are expected in the plains of Punjab. Experts state that there is no possibility of rain in the next 24 hours.

Punjab Enforces One-Week Mask Mandate in Smog-Hit Areas

Innovative Approach of Punjab: ‘Badal’ Aircraft to Implement Artificial Rain for Smog Control

Authorities have finalized preparations to implement artificial rain to manage smog. Instead of using rockets, they plan to utilize a specially designed plane to enter the clouds and disperse chemicals that induce rain. The Environment Protection Department and the Meteorological Department have collaboratively developed the plan, and the aircraft, named Badal, will be operational. Chief Materialist Mohammad Aslam mentioned that the Punjab government will be responsible for constructing the plane. Environmental experts highlight that the government utilized artificial rain during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf.

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