Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday offered to help India in controlling its hazardous air issue through scientific solutions.
“Crop burning in [Jalandhar] is playing havoc with [the] environment on both sides of Punjab border,” he said via Twitter.
“We can help Indian [Punjab government] to use a [mechanical] solution to turn crop waste into a burning billet, that can be used as fuel when needed,” Fawad added.
Crop burning in Jallender is playing havoc with environment on both sides of Punjab border, We can help Indian Punjb Govt to use a machine solution to turn crop waste into a burning billet, that can be used as fuel when needed #Sciencehelps
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) November 7, 2019
On the other hand, the threat of toxic smog has receded temporarily in Lahore due to overnight rain in certain regions. According to the Met department, the current spell of rain is expected to continue till Friday with wind direction to change within the next 24 hours.
Earlier on Wednesday, the smog had severely hit the provincial capital, Lahore, with Air Quality Index (AQI) reaching 455, while the threshold for the hazardous level of air quality was 300.
Lahore had recorded an Air Quality Index of 455. The AQI had reached 731 at Punjab Assembly, 647 on Upper Mall, 401 in Defence Housing Authority and 457 in Garhi Shahu.