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Four-Day Break Announced in Punjab Due to Smog Conditions

The government of Punjab has decided to observe a holiday across the province on Friday, November 10, 2023, as it grapples with a deadly wave of smog. This decision comes as part of the government’s efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of the smog crisis that has engulfed multiple cities in the province.

The smog situation in Punjab has reached alarming levels, prompting the government to take immediate action. The province has been experiencing ‘calamitous’ levels of smog, leading to the closure of schools and offices for three days a week. The severity of the situation is such that the Provincial Disaster Management Authority has declared the smog crisis a calamity.

The caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab, Mohsin Naqvi, has been actively involved in addressing this environmental crisis. In a recent statement, he emphasized the government’s commitment to tackling the smog situation. “We are ready to conduct free and fair elections in the province,” he said. This statement highlights the government’s dedication to ensuring the well-being of its citizens, even amidst the ongoing preparations for the upcoming elections.

Naqvi has also stressed the importance of the sacrifices made by law enforcement agencies, stating that everyone has a role to play in ensuring lasting peace in the country. He called for unity and interprovincial harmony, urging all individuals to put their differences aside and work together for the greater good.

The smog crisis has had a significant impact on the daily lives of the residents of Punjab. The government’s decision to declare a holiday is a strategic move aimed at reducing the exposure of the public to the harmful effects of smog. The government has also issued a smog advisory urging the public to limit outdoor activities, wear masks when going outside, and drink water to keep the respiratory system hydrated.

The holiday will be observed in Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, and Nankana Sahib districts along with Gujranwala and Hafizabad. During this time, private offices and educational institutions, including schools, will remain closed. Restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and parks will also remain closed. However, essential services such as marriage halls, bakeries, pharmacies, and public transport will be allowed to operate.

The smog situation in Punjab is a pressing issue that requires immediate attention and action. The government’s decision to declare a holiday is a step in the right direction. However, it is crucial to continue monitoring the situation and implement long-term strategies to combat the smog crisis effectively. As the situation unfolds, the people of Punjab look forward to more such decisive actions from their government.

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