The Punjab administration has decided to close private and government schools in Lahore three days a week since the smog situation in the provincial capital has deteriorated significantly.
According to a statement issued by Punjab Relief Commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar, the restriction would be in effect from November 27 to January 15, 2018. Additionally, private offices in the province capital, according to the commissioner, will be closed three days a week.
According to the announcement, schools and offices will be closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of this week.
After recording an Air Quality Index (AQI) of 167, Lahore was named one of the world’s top five cities with poor air quality, ranking third overall.
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Last Monday, the provincial government ordered private sector enterprises in Lahore to operate on a 50 percent attendance basis until further notice and warned polluters that they would be penalized if they did not comply.
Lahore is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most polluted cities, thanks to a combination of low-grade motor emissions, smoke from seasonal agricultural burn-off, and colder winter temperatures that combine to form stagnant clouds of suffocating pollution.