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3-day weekend: Lahore’s plan to tackle toxic smog

Schools, colleges, universities and offices in the provincial capital will remain closed for three days a week from November 27 to January 15 as the city is blanketed in toxic smog that experts say is poisonous.

According to the notification issued by government, Schools and offices will be closed on Saturday Sunday, and Monday.

The restriction would be in place from November 27 to January 15. Private offices in the provincial capital would also remain closed three days a week.

Lahore declared the world’s most polluted city by a Swiss air quality monitor, as residents plead with officials to take action.

According to IQAir, the Swiss technology company that operates the AirVisual monitoring platform, Lahore had an air quality ranking of 348 on Wednesday, well above the hazardous level of 300.

As a mixture of low-grade diesel fumes, smoke from seasonal crop burn off, and colder winter temperatures coalesce into stagnant clouds of smog, air pollution has worsened in Pakistan in recent years.

Lahore, a bustling megacity of more than 11 million people in Punjab province near the border with India, consistently ranks among the worst cities in the world for air pollution.

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