WHEREAS , there is evidence of persistent deterioration in Air Quality Index of the city of Lahore , fluctuating from natisfactory to poor levels , which is likely to cause breathing discomfort , respiratory tract diseases and heart diseases amongst people of all age brackets ;
- AND WHEREAS , people in the Punjab , with highest ratio in Lahore , continue to be infected by Covid – 19 and further overlap of conducive conditions for respiratory tract diseases due to smog could exacerbate the situation ; 3. AND WHEREAS , the Provincial Cabinet of Punjab , in its 36 ” meeting has declared smog as calamity under section 3 of ” The Punjab National Calamities ( Prevention & Relief ) , Act 1958 ” which has been notified vide Relief Commissioner’s Order No.Smog – 2020 / 10 / Coord – I dated 14.10.2020 , and all possible measures to contain and arrest the deterioration of ambient Air Quality Index , especially in territorial limits of the city of Lahore and Punjab in general are required to be taken ;
- AND WHEREAS , in my opinion there are sufficient grounds to proceed under section 4 ( 2 ) ( h ) of ” The Punjab National Calamitles ( Prevention & Relief ) Act 1958 ” , as an immediate preventive and speedy remedy and the directions hereinafter appearing are necessary to ensure public safety , conserve lives and preempt and mitigate imminent threat of smog in the province of Punjab .
- NOW THEREFORE , I Babar Hayat Tarar , Relief Commissioner , Government of the Punjab , in exercise of the powers vested in me under Section 4 ( 2 ) ( h ) of ” The Punjab National Calamities ( Prevention & Relief ) Act , 1958 ” , hereby order as under : L 8 . The order shall be given wide publicity in official Gazette , Newspapers and broadcasting through Radio Pakistan , Pakistan Television and other TV Channels as news item as well as on social media for information of the general public . II . All private offices being operated by companies , private sector entities and other Individuals , within the territorial limits of Lahore Metropolitan Corporation , shall remain closed on every Monday , in addition to Saturday and Sunday , with effect from 27.11.2021 until 15.1.2022 . However , their staff may work from home . All public and privato educational Institutions ( Colleges , Schools and Academlos etc. ) In territorial limits of Lahore Metropolitan Corporation shall remain closed on every Monday , in addition to weekly holidays which shall be observed on Saturday and Sunday , with offect from 27.11.2021 until 15.1.2022 . However , they may arrange virtual classes .