Rain will wash away smog tomorrow, lifting Punjab lockdown

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In light of the smog issue in the province, the Punjab government is set to lift the lockdown tomorrow (Saturday) following a heavy rainstorm that washed away impurities in the air, Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi said on Friday.

Thick smog had enveloped several districts in the city, deteriorating air quality to dangerous levels. The authorities had imposed a smart lockdown.

Smog was washed away by the downpour, improving the air quality.

As a result of recent rainfall, we decided to lift the lockdown after consulting with experts and the Punjab environment department.

According to him, the shops and markets would be able to operate normally, but the restaurants will be restricted to continue operations after 6pm, in compliance with the smart lockdown imposed by the government because of the smog situation.

“There will be a lift on the recent restrictions related to smog as of tomorrow morning,” he added.

In multiple districts of the Punjab province, including Lahore, Nankana Sahib, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Sialkot, and Narowal, the Punjab authorities on Thursday revised a lockdown previously imposed on all of them.

In accordance with the notification, the smog-hit districts are to be allowed to open their markets on Thursdays and Fridays, while the shopping malls and markets in those districts will not be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Earlier in the week, due to the prevailing smog conditions in Lahore, Gujranwala, and Hafizabad divisions for the next four days, an environmental and health emergency had been declared.

This level of air pollution maintained the city’s position as one of the smoggiest and most polluted places in the country, with citizens experiencing a hazy and smoggy atmosphere throughout the day as a result of this pollution. I was unable to breathe normally outdoors due to the poor air quality, which made it nearly impossible for me to breathe normally inside.

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