Lahore emerges as world’s second most polluted city as AQI reaches 411
By News Desk
November 9, 2023 10:56 AM
Smog continues to engulf Lahore and other parts of central Punjab as the provincial capital was ranked the second most polluted city in the world on Thursday, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The overall air quality index (AQI) in the city was recorded at 411.
It was 414 over Syed Maratab Ali Road, 510 over Phase-8 of the DHA, 428 over Fida Hussain Road and 411 over The Mall.
On the other hand, there is nip in the air as temperatures continue to drop in the city with each passing day.
Weathermen, on the other hand, have said that a rain-producing system will enter the city today in the evening due to which there will be showers tomorrow on Friday, bringing respite from smog at least for a few days.
Minimum temperature in the provincial capital was recorded at 16 degrees Celsius while it was 28 degrees Celsius on the maximum side.
AQI rises to 190 in Gujranwala
Despite instructions from the Punjab government, smoke billowing from the chimneys of different factories in the suburbs of Gujranwala continues to pollute the environment.
The situation became alarming as the AQI in the city reached 190 on Thursday.
In order to effectively deal with the issue of smog, the Punjab government had on Tuesday announced that there would be a public holiday in Lahore and Gujranwala divisions on Friday.
According to the 24News HD TV channel, the decision was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi at a smog review meeting held here in Lahore.
After the meeting, CM Naqvi held a press conference and said offices and schools will remain closed on Friday due to smog as this measure was likely to reduce people’s exposure to hazardous air quality.
The chief minister further said that hotels and cinemas would also remain closed on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
He said that all parks will also remain closed for three days.
The CM was of the view that the issue of smog had intensified in Lahore due to the burning of crops’ residue in India.
Reporters: Komal Aslam and Zahid Iqbal Rana