The air quality in Lahore has been declared ‘very unhealthy’ for all the citizens as the smog levels are increasing with the change in the weather. With US Air Quality Index (AQI) rating of 246, the provincial capital has been ranked as one of the most polluted cities in the world.

As per data quoted by various news outlets, Lahore stands at third in the list of most polluted cities in the world followed by New Dehli and Ulaanbaatar. The highest level of pollution is recorded in Model Town, Johar Town, Green Town and Cantonment areas of the city.

While addressing a news conference on Monday, the Punjab Minister for Environmental Protection Department, Muhammad Rizwan said that the citizens need to understand that smog is a form of air “pollution that fumes into the air, created by the combination of fog while the major cause of smog included 43 per cent pollution from the transport sector, 25 per cent emissions from industries account and solid waste burning contributes 20pc”.


The pollution and smog levels in Punjab, especially in Lahore, increase due to the large-scale burning of crop residues in India.

Rizwan highlighted that the department has established special smog committees at the district level while the establishment of smog squads has been ensured in the department. “The brick kilns and industrial units being monitored on daily basis, in addition to sealing the polluting industrial establishments, fines are being levied”, he added.

In case of non-compliance with the instructions of the department, the violators are being fined and cases registered against them.

Various operations are being conducted to control traffic pollution and fines are being imposed by the traffic police. Moreover, pollution control devices are being installed in air pollutants units, the minister informed.

He said a pilot project in collaboration with SPARCO has been initiated in Lahore to develop different types of environmental models to address the root causes of pollution.

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