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Widespread Smog Forces Closure of Punjab Motorways

Early Wednesday, widespread smog led to the closure of motorways in various parts of Punjab, affecting travel on the M2 and M3 from Lahore to Sambrial.

The Lahore-Islamabad Motorway M2 was blocked from Niaz Baig to Momin due to dense fog, while the Sialkot Motorway from Lahore to Sambrial was shut down.

Motorway Police emphasized the need for caution, advising travelers to refrain from unnecessary driving. They recommended using front and fog lights, avoiding high speeds, and maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.

The motorway administration urged motorists to contact helpline 130 in case of emergencies for information and assistance.

Lahore DEA Orders 60% Student Transport To Combat Smog

Meanwhile, in a significant initiative aimed at addressing the issue of smog, the Lahore District Education Authority (DEA) has made a crucial announcement. Private schools are now mandated to offer transportation facilities to 60% of their students.


A session of the authority took place in Lahore, presided over by DEA Chief Executive Officer Pervez Akhtar. During the meeting, the focus was on the procurement of school buses in light of the escalating smog levels. Representatives from 30 prominent private schools in Lahore were in attendance.

The DEA has explicitly instructed private schools to ensure transportation facilities for children, emphasizing the importance of complying with the Lahore High Court’s directives to acquire buses at any cost.

Akhtar underscored that private schools must make arrangements to provide transport services for 60% of their students. During the meeting, officials from private schools requested time to secure the buses, and they will soon submit a report detailing the progress of the procurement.

To enforce adherence to the directives, private schools will be obligated to purchase the buses and submit certificates as proof. Failure to comply with these guidelines will result in penalties for the schools.

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