LAHORE – A decision has been made to close all private and public schools, as well as marketplaces, every Wednesday. This measure is part of a broader strategy being considered by the Punjab government to manage the worsening pollution situation.
The proposed strategy includes a total shutdown of businesses, including markets, factories, and schools, every Wednesday. Government departments will operate with half their usual staff on these days.
Additionally, snap-checking is planned for Saturdays and Sundays. The government is also considering imposing hefty fines on factories that violate environmental regulations.
Traffic patterns in the city have been identified as the primary contributor to the smog problem, with factory emissions accounting for only 7% of Lahore’s overall pollution.
To address this issue, Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa stated that the government is contemplating a work-from-home policy for two months.
The decision to keep markets closed on Wednesdays has received support from traders in Lahore, who have the option to open their businesses on Sundays instead. This move is seen as a necessary step towards mitigating the city’s pollution crisis and safeguarding the health of its residents.