Lahore still smoggy on worst air quality index

By: News Desk      Published: 12:14 PM, 24 Nov, 2021
Lahore still smoggy on worst air quality index
Commuters make their way along a road amid smoggy conditions in Lahore.–AFP

Lahore is still the second most polluted city in the world and there is no respite on the air quality index which is at 220 spreading various diseases in the megacity, reported 24NewsHD TV channel on Wednesday.

Bangladeshi capital Dhaka attains the top ranking of the most polluted city with the Indian capital New Delhi in the third position.

Farmers in Punjab city of Narowal violating section 144 burning their stubble crops adding pollution factors in the creation of smog in Punjab which is already engulfed by the hazardous air. The dangerous smoke they are emitting is causing breathing problems and eye diseases.

Reports suggest kiln factories making bricks in the city snubbers are one of the prime sources of spreading pollution.

The weather office predicted dry weather to persist today in Lahore.

It is reported that the growers were also burning stubble fields in Bastan-Plot in Zafar Wala in district Narowal.

Earlier, Lahore High Court (LHC) heard petitions against rising levels of smog in Lahore. Justice Shahid Kareem heard the miscellaneous petitions filed by Haroon Farooq. Lord Mayor Col retd Mubashar Javed and chief corporation officer appeared before the court. The commission formed by the court submitted a fresh report regarding air pollution.

Justice Shahid expressed his satisfaction that Lahore which was the most polluted city in the world, now an improvement had started coming over here.

The court ordered the mayor, who complained of paucity of funds and receding authority, to appoint his focal person who would work in collaboration with other departments and the CTO.

On the other hand, one user on a social networking platform commented that it seems like there was an ‘Asia Cup’ going on among the Asian countries' capitals for securing top position in the worst air quality index.

Reporters Maida Waheed, Yasir Arafat