Home / Issues / Policy on controlling smog 2017

Policy on controlling smog 2017

   By Shaharyar Khan

LAHORE (Tuesday – November 07, 2017):  Punjab Higher Education Department (PHED) has circulated the Policy on Controlling Smog 2017 to all public-sector universities of the province to help cope up with the ongoing unhealthy weather conditions.

The regional director of Met Office Ajmal Shah said that the Smog will be continue in Punjab the whole month of November as there is no chance of rain in Province;  the rain producing system is expected to develop in the coming two weeks, will largely be restricted to upper parts of the country.

According to a document available with The Educationist, the policy formed by the Punjab Environment Protection Department (PEPA) based on five basic guidelines including:

  1. It may be ensured that during smog no physical activity takes place and outdoor sports in public universities may be stopped.
  2. The students and faculty may be encouraged to use FACE MASKS.
  3. They may be asked to frequently wash their face specially eyes.
  4. Do not touch their eyes, mouth or nose with dirty hands.
  5. Save your environment from dust & noise pollution.

The documents issued by PHED Deputy Secretary General Tariq Hameed Bhatti states that the Punjab experiences periods of low visibility due to fog, mist and smog between November and February each year for an average of 10 to 25 days. In recent years, however, the situation is exacerbating as it causes a sensation of burning of eyes and foul smell. Data shows that this is regional phenomenon, covering large areas of South Asia from Delhi to Faisalabad and beyond. Various studies have linked it to the burning of rice stubbles in the Indian state of Punjab. Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, during 2016 alone around 32M tons of rice stubbles were estimated to be burn in Indian Punjab. Local sources of pollution, however, also had their own contribution to this situation.

The Environmental Protection Agency has suggested various measures to control this environmental problem:

  1. Introduction of low sulphur fuels
  2. Adopting Euro-II standards for vehicular emission
  3. Installation of vehicular pollution control devices
  4. Better traffic management
  5. Controlling burning of municipal waste and crop residue
  6. Greening of industrial processes
  7. Building capacity to monitor and forecast episodes of high air pollution
  8. Creation of wood land in and around major cities
  9. Planned urban and industrial development
  10. Controlling fugitive dust from road shoulders and construction sites
  11. Regional environmental agreement



Issuance of health advisory
  •   Primary And Secondary Healthcare Department
  •   Special Healthcare & Medical Education Department
  •   Environmental Protection Agency
  •   Information Department
Issuance of traffic advisory
  •   Additional IG Traffic
  •   Environmental Protection Agency
  •   Information Department
Ban on burning of crop residue
  •   Home Department
  •   Deputy Commissioner And District Police Officer Of The       Respective District
Shutting down of major smoke emitting industries
  •  Environmental Protection Agency
  •   Deputy Commissioner And District Police Officer Of The  Respective District
Introduction of low-sulphur fuels
  •   Environmental Protection Department
  •   Ministry Of Petroleum Islamabad
  •   Industries Department
Adoption of Euro-II standards for reduction of vehicular emissions
  •   Ministry Of Industries & Production Islamabad
  •   Industries Department
  •   Transport Department
  •   Environmental Protection Department
Installation of catalytic converters in vehicles for reduction of harmful emission
  •   Ministry Of Industries & Production Islamabad
  •   Industries Department
  •   Transport Department
Better traffic management for reduction of vehicular emissions
  •   Additional IG Traffic
  •   C&W Department
  •   Transport Department
  •   LG & CD Department
Controlling burning of municipal waste and crop residue
  •   Local Government Department
  •   Agriculture Department
Building capacity to monitor and forecast episodes of high air pollution
  •   Environmental Protection Department
  •   Planning & Development Department
  •   Finance Department
Creating woodlands around major cities
  •   Board Of Revenue, Punjab
  •   Forest Department
Road shoulders design to control fugitive earth
  •   C&W Department
  •   LG & CD Department
  •   P & D Department
Planned urban and industrial development
  •   Industries Department
  •   LG & CD Department
  •   HUD & PHE Department
Greening of industrial processes
  •   Industries Department
  •   Environmental Protection Department
Regional environmental agreements
  •   Ministry Of Climate Change
  •   Ministry Of Foreign Affairs
  •   Environment Protection Department


Comment Using Facebook

Check Also

HEC New PhD policy invites criticism

BS based PhD admission policy applicable from Jan 01, 2021: Banuri Academic circles criticise HEC new …


  1. I really liked your blog article.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

  2. Definitely believe that which you stated. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the web the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while people think about worries that they just don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top and also defined out the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  3. The information you have actually given here is fascinating. You placed it right into point of view for me, as well as it is something I enjoyed. I can not wait to check out more of your posts both past and also future. Thanks for the great focus to information that you have actually supplied.

  4. This article provides clear idea for the new people of blogging, that in fact how to do running a blog.|

  5. I’ve been browsing on-line more than three hours these days, yet I never found any fascinating article like yours. It is lovely worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content as you did, the internet will probably be a lot more helpful than ever before.|

  6. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a great articleÖ but what can I sayÖ I hesitate a whole lot and never seem to get anything done.

  7. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem with your web site in web explorer, could check this? IE still is the market leader and a big part of other folks will omit your magnificent writing due to this problem.|

  8. excellent issues altogether, you just received a new reader. What may you recommend about your submit that you just made a few days in the past? Any sure?

  9. Everything is very open with a clear clarification of the issues. It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing!|

  10. High Risk Merchant Account

  11. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be thankful to you.

  12. I like it when people come together and share views. Great website, keep it up!

  13. This was super good to read. Thanks for creating it. You made a long-term fan and I’ll be back to see more. Thank you for sharing.

  14. You have observed very interesting details ! ps nice web site . “Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.” by Anthony D’Angelo.

  15. I regard something truly interesting about your web site so I saved to fav.

  16. I just could not depart your web site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information an individual supply for your guests? Is gonna be again steadily to check up on new posts.

  17. Rattling excellent info can be found on web site. “Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven, and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.” by Ambrose of Milan.

  18. After study just a few of the blog posts on your website now, and I truly like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website checklist and will be checking again soon. Pls check out my site as properly and let me know what you think.

  19. Saved as a favorite, I like your website!

  20. Simply wanna input that you have a very decent website , I enjoy the style and design it actually stands out.

  21. It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this website, i am
    browsing this web page dailly and get nice information from here every day.

  22. Hi, I do think this is a great web site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I am going to come back once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the greatest way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

  23. This was really intresting content. Thanks for creating it. You made a long-term fan and I’ll be back to read more. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Very nice write-up. I definitely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

  25. Hello to every one, the contents existing at this site are actually awesome for people experience, well, keep up the nice work fellows.|

  26. As soon as I observed this internet site I went on reddit to share some of the love with them.

  27. Collection Agency Merchant Account

  28. I’ve been absent for some time, but now I remember why I used to love this site. Thanks, I’ll try and check back more often. How frequently you update your web site?

  29. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one nowadays..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.