LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday expressed frustrations over the Punjab government’s inability to contain the rising smog levels in the province.
A LHC bench, headed by Justice Mamoon Rashid, directed relevant government departments to furnish their replies and threatened to summon Chief Minister Usman Buzdar if it found their replies unsatisfactory.
The bench also expressed displeasure over submission of “evasive replies” by provincial authorities in Thursday’s hearing.
A government lawyer apprised the bench that 36 government departments are working to decrease smog and improve air quality and that as many as 3,000 brick kiln have been shut down across the province in this regard.
Justice Rashid, in response, said that it is an open secret that despite the LHC’s orders action adequate against brick kilns has not been taken by provincial authorities.
“The 36 departments are the reason that measures are not being taken to curb smog,” he said, adding that until a single person or institution is entrusted with the responsibility, there won’t be any progress.
The air quality index has stated that air quality in the country has considerably deteriorated this year, with Lahore being ranked among the most polluted cities in the world.