Motorway closed as dense fog covers Punjab


LAHORE: Sections of the motorway, M-2 from Lahore to Sheikhupura, M-3 from Pindi Bhatian to Faisalabad, M-4 from Faisalabad to Gojra and M-4 Extension from Khanewal to Multan, have been closed for traffic after thick fog hit parts of Punjab on Thursday morning.

According to the Motorway Police spokesperson, foggy conditions are also prevailing in plain areas of Punjab and Sindh, including Mandi, Pattoki, Rahim Yar Khan, Sadiqabad, Habibabad, Akhtarabad, Renala Khurd, Okara, Sahiwal, Mian Channu, Khanewal, Basti Maluk, Lodhran, Bahawalpur and Ahmadpur Sharqia, and Rohri where visibility was reduced to 20-30 meters.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) forecast that mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, light rain is expected at various areas in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to the PMD, foggy conditions are likely to prevail in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh at night and also in the morning.

The motorway police has urged the drivers to drive slowly and switch on the fog lights. Commuters have been advised to avoid unnecessary travelling and contact Motorway helpline 130 to get updates about the foggy conditions.