LAHORE: Allama Iqbal International Airport and Motorway have been closed on Tuesday as visibility dropped to zero under thickened fog blanketing several Punjab cities.
Citizens are facing severe problems as the fog prevailed over different Punjab cities including Lahore. The motorists are using fog lights and hazard lights to avert accidents.
Motorway has been closed for traffic from Babu Sabu to Kot Momin, Khanewal to Multan and Pindi Bhatian to Faisalabad.
Intense fog badly impacted the air traffic also to the effect that flight operation has come to a standstill at Allama Iqbal airport under zero visibility.
Meantime, Punjab Chief Minister Shebaz Sharif voiced indignation over publication of Punjab smog policy in English language.
He issued directives for continued monitoring of smog situation and voiced annoyance wondering, “What steps have so far been taken to cope with the smog situation despite the lapse of one year?”
Dense smog continued to blanket plain areas of Punjab and some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tuesday morning.
According to Motorways Control Room, Motorway M-1 from Peshawar to Rashkai, M-2 from Lillah to Lahore, M-3 from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and M-4 from Gojra to Faisalabad are closed for traffic due to dense smog and zero visibility.
Dense fog with poor visibility has also been reported on Khanewal-Multan section of Motorway.
The road users have been advised to maintain reduced speed and safe distance.
Helpline 130 and control room number 5494126 can be accessed to avoid any inconvenience.
Meteorologists say the smog situation may persist in the Punjab plains till it rains. –Samaa
Story first published: 7th November 2017