The Punjab government made a significant announcement by declaring an additional weekly holiday for all private and public schools.
Commissioner Lahore Muhammad Ali Randhawa ordered to close schools every Wednesday “until further notice” in an effort to reduce smog in the provincial capital.
The faculty at the institution has also been instructed to work remotely.
Additionally, it is anticipated that businesses like markets, banks, clubs, and hotels will be shuttered. Every Wednesday, Lahore would experience a complete shutdown, according to the notification.
Due to the alarming amount of air pollution, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered last week that all new building projects must be put on hold for six months, from October to March.
The administration of Punjab has declared that, in contrary to earlier media reports, no decisions have been made with a firm date attached to them. “We had insightful discussions with a panel of experts regarding SMOG reduction,” the company said in a statement.
The different suggestions offered by the experts would be carefully reviewed “and deliberated upon during the upcoming Cabinet meeting.” The Punjabi government also stated that the recent rain has helped to keep the Air Quality Index (AQI) under control. The strategy for sustaining and raising the AQI, however, will be decided following the Cabinet meeting.