LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - 07th Nov, 2016 ) : Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah Monday sought details from secretary Environment department and others about steps taken to deal with smog, till December 14. The chief justice passed the orders while hearing a petition filed by Waleed Iqbal questioning steps to address the problem of dense smog in Punjab. Earlier, the petitioner's counsel Shiraz Zaka arguing before the court expressed concern over prevailing weather condition of smog in parts of Punjab and submitted that it had inherent health hazards like breathing ailments and eye infection.
He contended that as per World Health Organization, Lahore was included among top ten polluted cities of the world due to gaseous emissions of Sulphur Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Oxide. He further submitted that increased industrial activity and urbanisation were also major causes of pollution in the city. He pleaded the court to inquire from respondents regarding remedial measures taken to address prevailing condition of dense smog.
He also asked the court to issue directions for taking action against industrial activities for violating pollution charge rules 2001. At this, the chief justice adjourned the hearing for a few hours and summoned secretary Health department and secretary Environment Punjab to know the steps taken to address the smog. As the proceedings resumed, Secretary Health department Punjab Dr Sajid, Secretary Environment department Saif Anjum appeared before the court.
However, the chief justice expressed displeasure after both secretaries failed to give a satisfactory reply regarding steps taken to create awareness and dissemination of information about the effects of smog in public, in response to a court query. The secretary told the court that smog situation emerged this year due to the burning of crops in Haryana state of India. The chief justice adjourning the hearing till December 14 sought details of steps taken about steps taken to deal with the smog from respondents.