Lahore Markets And Restaurants Get Court Orders For Closing Times

By Saba Shafiq

| Published Nov 28, 2023 | 12:29 p.m.

LAHORE: In an effort to combat the city's rising pollution levels, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday ordered officials to shut down all businesses by 10 p.m. every day.

In a thorough series of environmental petitions, Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court instructed authorities to compel the closing of all marketplaces, eateries, and other enterprises by 10 p.m.

The Punjab Chief Secretary and the CCPO Lahore have been instructed by the court to see to it t

hat the court's directives are carried out. The Punjab government has also been instructed by the LHC to notify banks and workplaces about the two-day work-from-home policy.

Lahore, the second-biggest city in Pakistan, was once again named the most polluted city in the world on Tuesday, despite government attempts to lessen the city's harmful pollution.

At around 1pm, Lahore had an air quality index (AQI) of 353, ranking first on a list of the most polluted cities in the world in real time.

An AQI value of 150–200 is deemed unhealthy, 201–300 is more detrimental, and any number beyond 300 is seen to be exceedingly dangerous.

Wintertime air density is higher than summertime air density, which leads to the downward movement of airborne pollutants and other harmful particles. Consequently, a region becomes covered with a layer of contaminated particles, which include a lot of carbon and smoke.

The deteriorating pollution condition in ten districts of Punjab would cause schools, colleges, and other educational institutions to close for an extra two days each week on Friday and Saturday, according to a statement made by caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi on Thursday.

The chief minister stated that the decision will be applicable to the divisions of Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan, Sargodha, and Sahiwal during a news conference in Lahore.

He also declared that 10,000 students would receive electric motorcycles on a subsidised basis and that air-purifying towers would be erected in Lahore.