Lahore 5th city in global air pollution ranking

LAHORE   -   The provincial metropo­lis was the 5th most polluted place in the world on Sunday. 

According to the details, the weather in the provincial capital again has become polluted, despite cold winds continuing in the early morning in the bright sun, the temperature was recorded at 10 degrees Celsius, while the weather is predicted to remain dry-polluted in the next 24 hours.

According to the Meteorological Depart­ment, the maximum temperature in the city is likely to go up to 21 degrees, the hu­midity in the air is 90 percent, the wind is blowing at a speed of 5km, there is no chance of rain in the next 24 hours. Lahore ranks 5th in the global air pollution rank­ing, with an overall air quality index of 192.

Meanwhile, on the instructions of Com­missioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa, action continues against violation of anti-smog or­ders. Various trash burning furnaces have been demolished for using old technology, while others were extinguished. 

The Punjab Environment Protection De­partment (EPD) also started various initi­atives to control smog, under which smog dissolution “weather generators” have been installed in Lahore.

EPD Directors Naseem-ur-Rehman Shah told APP that anti-smog generators were operating successfully in Russia, Dubai, adding a weather generator is capable of dissolving smog or thickly polluted envi­ronment in a 10 square kilometre area.

The EPD director said that all possible measures including generators were being taken to control the polluted air. “Short and medium-term projects have been prepared in this regard,” he added. He said that it was the need of the hour to reduce the emission of harmful gases and use modern technology to control air pollution. 

Meanwhile, the EPD’s anti-pollution squad sealed various smoky units in the city. 

The anti-smog squad is also imposing fines worth millions on factories and units responsible for creating smog.

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