The Punjab government on Friday prohibited the entry of passenger vehicles into Lahore if they did not have a “vehicle fitness certificate,” as part of its measures to combat the threat of air pollution affecting the provincial capital at the time.
The Punjab relief commissioner today issued a statement in which he warned for action against automobiles operating on Lahore’s roads without a valid license or insurance certificate.
In his order, only passenger vehicles carrying a vehicle fitness certificate would be permitted to enter the municipal limits.
Lahore has retained its position as one of the most polluted cities in the world. On Thursday, the Indian capital city of New Delhi stayed at the top of a list of the world’s most polluted cities with the poorest air quality, with Lahore coming at the second number on the list.
With 335 index points, New Delhi, India, topped the list of cities with the worst air quality, while Lahore, Pakistan, came in at second number with 264 index points. Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, remained on the AQI’s list of cities with poor air quality.
According to specialists, the smoke created by burning crop leftovers, factories, and burning coal, rubbish, oil, or tires enters the atmosphere, and the effects of this begin to manifest themselves at the beginning of winter and continue until the conclusion of the season.
As a result, air pollution reaches highly harmful levels, significantly impacting the quality of the air we breathe.