There is no respite for Lahorites from unhealthy air despite hectic efforts on Monday with an air quality index (AQI) score of 310.
An AQI between 201 and 300 is said to be ‘very unhealthy’, while a reading of 301 to 400 is considered ‘hazardous’, posing serious health risks to residents.
According to world air quality and pollution city ranking, Indian capital Delhi was at second place with an AQI score of 229 and Kyrgyzstan city Bishkek was third with 185.
Karachi was at number four with AQI figure of 184.
After Lahore High Court’s order, Punjab government took various steps, including long weekend for schools and early closure of businesses, smog has subsided a little but air in Lahore is still classified as toxic.
Earlier on Sunday, Punjab Chief Minister Parvez Elahi announced to operate 300 hybrid buses in Lahore as part of yet another significant move to counter pollution in the city.
In the first phase of the project, 200 new bus stops would be constructed. The chief minister has also approved procurement of 300 hybrid buses in an effort to protect the environment.
The hybrid buses would be operated by the Punjab Mass Transit Authority (PMTA) under private operators.