LHC orders two-day work from home to deal with smog
Directs to keep all public and private educational institutions closed on Saturdays: Orders to change DG Environment, DCs of Sheikhupura, Hafizabad and Gujranwala
By News Desk
November 13, 2023 04:31 PM
To deal with the issue of smog in Punjab, the Lahore High Court has ordered the policy of two-day work from home in a week, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The court further ordered to change the DG Environment and to keep all public and private educational institutions closed on Saturdays.
LHC Justice Shahid Karim heard the petitions for remedying smog on Monday.
On the order of the court, the Lahore Commissioner and other government officials appeared in the court.
The court rued that the Commissioner comes here and talks but the performance is nothing. It said that the situation is getting worse, videos are coming from different areas.
The court directed the caretaker Punjab government to transfer the deputy commissioners of Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, and Gujranwala. The judge remarked that he is also issuing contempt of court notices to these officers.
The court ordered the closure of all public and private schools and colleges on Saturday and the implementation of the two-day-a-week work-farm-home policy.
The court directed to change the DG Environment immediately. It expressed indignation during the hearing remarking, "If you have given holidays, you too should go on leave yourself and enjoy sitting at home. It seems that the only solution the Punjab government has got, to deal with smog is to announce holidays in the whole province."
The lawyer informed the court that thousands of tonnes of tires have been recovered from the limits of five police stations, adding that the Chief Secretary is not sure what to do.
The court remarked that most of the smog is caused by vehicular smoke, the court directed to promote cycling and public transport, if the traffic stops for five minutes, the whole city would be disrupted.
Justice Shahid Karim directed that the member commission should hold a meeting with the Punjab Chief Secretary and inform him about the court orders in that meeting.
Later, the court adjourned the hearing till Wednesday.
Reporter Malik Ashraf