Infostani Sources- Due to the worsening smog situation in 10 districts of Punjab, including Lahore, authorities have implemented a smart lockdown. Educational institutions in these districts, namely Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Hafizabad, and Mandi Bahauddin, will be closed today. The school and higher education department has also issued a holiday notification. Markets will open at three o’clock today, while business activities will be completely halted tomorrow. Vehicle entry on Lahore’s Mall Road will be restricted on Sunday, allowing only cycling for citizens.
Meanwhile, efforts are underway to combat smog in Punjab through artificial rain, the Ministry of Finance estimates a cost of Rs 35 crore for artificial rain in Lahore. The Finance Secretary has submitted a summary for approval, pending the supervising Chief Minister’s permission. Caretaker Information Minister Punjab Aamir Mir stated that cloud seeding. Considered the fastest technology for artificial rain, has been discussed with China. Chinese experts are expected to visit Pakistan soon. Testing artificial rainfall annually is emphasized, and in this regard, caretaker Environment Minister Punjab Bilal Afzal visited Walton Airport.
Punjab Minister Explores Artificial Rain Amidst Worsening Smog
The provincial minister, acting on instructions from the Chief Minister of Punjab, personally inspected the planes in Lahore regarding the preparation of artificial rain. The purpose was to assess the operational condition of these planes for artificial rain, including smaller ones. As well as explore potential negotiations with foreign countries. Also, companies hire larger planes to induce artificial rain over a vast area in Lahore.
During discussions with operational pilot Captain Abdul Saboor, Provincial Minister Bilal Afzal addressed the timing and requirements for artificial rain. He instructed Captain Abdul Saboor to create a comprehensive presentation encompassing all information related to leasing the aircraft. This presentation will be presented in the upcoming cabinet meeting.
The worsening smog situation in Lahore has led to increased complaints of cold, flu, fever, and throat infections among the citizens. According to the international website Air Quality Index, Lahore was ranked first among the 352 most polluted cities in the world. The pollution levels in Lahore’s atmosphere were recorded on the previous day as well.
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