LAHORE - The Punjab Environment Department on Monday presented to the Lahore High Court a notified copy of smog policy, saying that six monitoring stations had been made functional to determine how much was India contributing to smog spillover effects in Punjab.

Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah was hearing the petition challenging environmental pollution.

Environment Secretary Saif Anjum appeared personally before the court and said the Punjab chief minister had signed the smog policy. However, the chief justice directed the secretary to give an action plan to control smog, observing that in the past few years hundred of trees had been cut in Lahore. He said urban development contributed to pollution levels. The CJ also sought a tree plantation programme.

The court adjourned the further hearing until Nov13.

Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf Lahore President Barrister Walid Iqbal and others had moved the petitions. The secretary said at present there was no scientific data available to determine air pollution level. On this, the CJ expressed displeasure over unavailability of data.

The secretary said that action had been initiated against industrial owners who were contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and awareness campaigns had been initiated to overcome smog effects. He said the air monitoring system would be expanded across Punjab. Pollution charge rules 2001 would be enforced along with environmental laws, he said.