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Lahore smog: Cases registered against those causing pollution, fines imposed on industrial units

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Nov 25, 2021: Commissioner Retired Captain Muhammad Usman said on Wednesday that under anti-smog operations, 22 cases were registered against the major polluters and a fine of Rs 1.8 million was imposed on various industrial units.

They inspected different areas of the city. He inspected the brick kilns and suggested strict action against violators of anti-smog standard operating procedures (SOPs). During surprise visits to different areas of the city, 161 industrial units were sealed and 200 smoke emitting vehicles were also confiscated.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Omar Sher Chatha said that strict action would be taken against the area supervisor and in-charge for not taking action against those involved in setting fire to the garbage. He said that a fine of Rs. 100,000 should be imposed on the High Rise Building Administration for throwing construction materials on the roads.

“No one will be allowed to pollute the environment,” he said.

Meanwhile, under the anti-smog operation, heavy fines were imposed by sealing off the polluting industrial units and factories in different parts of the city. During the week-long inspection, 18 industrial units were shut down and 60 others were sealed for one week.

The teams also imposed fines on those involved in setting fire to rice waste. Earlier, according to the Swiss Air Quality Monitoring Company, the provincial capital on Wednesday once again earned it the notorious title of the world’s most polluted city.

Platform IQAir said that Lahore is now at the top of its most polluted city rankings on the US AQI scale with an air quality index of 203 vs. runner-up Delhi, India, with 183.

Rising smog and air filled with particles have infected thousands of people with respiratory and other illnesses.

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