Lahore, Nov 21: Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday sought help from Indian Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh to enter a regional cooperation agreement to tackle the issue of smog and environmental pollution.
Sharif wrote to Singh that the people of both Punjabs were witnessing the problem of smog since past two months, Geo News reported.
“It goes without saying that the smog has an adverse impact on health, agriculture — in the form of delayed sowing of wheat and damage to potato and other crops — and causes traffic accidents,” said Sharif in the letter dated November 19.
The Chief Minister highlighted some of the causes of smog, including rice stubble burning. He added the problem now affects Lahore, New Delhi and nearby regions.
Sharif said it was in the interest of the people from both Punjabs that a collective effort be made towards identifying technologies and business methods that may eradicate the need to burn rice stubble and help in curbing smog formation.