Public, private schools in Lahore to remain closed every Friday, Saturday

LAHORE: The education department of Punjab on Wednesday announced the closure of all public and private schools in the Lahore district every Friday and Saturday till further notice due to smog. 

A notification issued by the education department stated that the move of school closures was taken in compliance with the directions of the Lahore High Court (LHC).

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has imposed an environmental emergency in Lahore and other cities after declaring the smog a calamity.

Along with the ban on burning crop residues across the province, the CM ordered the effective implementation of a plan prepared to reduce smog.

According to an official statement, the chief minister said action should be taken to control the factors that cause smog.

He said officers of the environment, transport and industries departments as well as district administration should be active in the field to implement the plan. He said failure to implement the existing standard operating procedures (SOPs) to reduce smog would not be tolerated.

The chief minister said indiscriminate action should be taken against those who set fire to crop residues. Legal action should also be continued against smoke-emitting vehicles, he added.

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