Punjab increases fines for smog prevention, orders off-road 50pc departmental vehicles 

By: Ali Ramay      Published: 07:27 PM, 19 Nov, 2021
Punjab increases fines for smog prevention, orders off-road 50pc departmental vehicles 

Punjab government Friday increased fines for prevention of some and directed all its departments to use only 50 per cent of their vehicle.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the Punjab DisasterManagement Authority has issued a formal notification of increasing fines.

As per the notification, there would be a fine of Rs2,000 if any motorcycle or a car would give smoke across the province of Punjab

The Punjab government has fixed a fine of Rs50,000 for burning crops and the same fine for the kiln on the smoke. 

The Punjab government has also fixed the fine of Rs50,000 toRs1,00,000 on the violation of the laws regarding environmental protection from smog.

In the notification, it was also directed to all the public departments to reduce the usage of their vehicles by 50 per cent for smog prevention.

On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had also issued instructions to seal the factories that would be involved in burning the tires.

Buzdar has also formed five anti-smog squads in Lahore and is directed to spray water on the road on daily basis in the city.

As well, the government has also transferred all the power to the Deputy Commissioners (DC) in this regard. 

The report said that Relief Commissioner Punjab Babar HayatTarar has issued the orders for implementation on the notification with immediate effect.

The air quality index in Lahore has been above the dangerous level of 300 for several days and on Friday it rose from 391 to 450.

Ali Ramay - Reporter