Punjab CM imposes 50pc cut in official vehicles

Published November 20, 2021
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar chairs a meeting on Friday. — Screengrab via Usman Buzdar Twitter
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar chairs a meeting on Friday. — Screengrab via Usman Buzdar Twitter

LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has imposed 50 per cent cut in the number of official vehicles and asked the administrative secretaries to submit a compliance report to his office.

The chief minister has also expressed his displeasure over the delay in the procurement of electric buses and sought a final plan.

Chairing a meeting to review the smog situation in the province at his office on Friday, the chief minister asked the line departments’ ministers, administrative secretaries and the SMBR to ensure that the anti-smog measures should be result-oriented. He stressed that the indiscriminate crackdown on factories and smoke-emitting vehicles as well as those responsible for burning the stubble should continue across the province. “No negligence will be tolerated in controlling smog,” he said.

The chief minister directed that factories involved in burning tyres should be sealed and fined. He said five anti-smog squads have been constituted in Lahore and scope of these squads would be further expanded. He said water be sprinkled in the city daily.

Mr Buzdar directed that the environment protection department, agriculture, industries, transport and officials of the administration should personally monitor anti-smog measures in the field. He said smog had been declared a calamity in the province and any violation of the ban on burning the solid waste would not be tolerated.

Earlier, the chief minister was briefed on anti-smog steps by various departments.

Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2021

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