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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Smog: Court hints at closing Lahore schools for a week

Due to continuously deteriorating air quality index in Lahore, the high court gave a hint for a week-long lockdown for schools and private offices in the city.

Hearing multiple public petitions on the environmental problems, Justice Shahid Karim said that the AQI has worsened to extreme levels, making the provincial capital one of the most polluted cities in the world.

He said that health emergency should be enforced in Lahore due to inclement weather. During the hearing, a director of the Punjab Disaster Management Authority said that there had been a descent in the smog during the last week.

In another petition, Advocate Sheraz Zaka said the city commissioner must guarantee closure of the factories emitting hazardous chemicals into the air, causing smog. He lamented that the government has failed to put those involved in crop stubble burning behind the bars.

During the hearing, City Mayor Colonel (retd) Mubashir Javed said that steps have been taken against pollution in the city. He added that many blocked roads had been reopened for traffic.

It is to be noted here that the provincial government has recently passed an order, giving three days holidays to schools till January 15 to bring down the rising levels of smog.

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