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Thread: #LahoreSmog of previous years led to LHC forming a Commission to issue a report, so we already have basic info to tackle it.

Contrary to popular opinion that “India does it” which our politicians propogate, the Govt report points out 10 causes, not one!

The report points out, using Punjab Govt data, that Punjab has bad #AirQuality all year, which gets worse in Winter. The data shows that @EPD_Punjab knows this for a decade!

Analysis at COMSATS university, again using Govt data, pointed that throughout a year long period, Lahore’s air stayed above the legal limit and @EPD_Punjab did nothing! No advisory! No mitigation!

Punjab Env Quality Std (PEQS) sets limit at 15ug/m3 (orange line)

Another Major cause is Vehicle emissions. The no of Cars in Lahore have multiplied, and fuel quality is pathetic; Euro-II since 1998, India uses Euro-IV equivalent.

Heavy diesel traffic causes NOx + PM2.5 emissions, alongwith Industries and open burning.

Then comes transboundary crop burning i.e. “India does it” — it’s not the only cause. Indeed crop burning is harmful. India and Pakistan both do it. It is however seasonal.

At this moment, crop burning is minimal on both sides. (Link: worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p=geographic&…)

The Smog commission itself says that Most causes are local: e.g. Furnace oil/coal, poor quality fuel, waste burning in Lahore, and uninhibited vehicle increase.

Brick Kilns, crop burning have become excuses by @EPD_Punjab to protect Industrialists, Oil companies.

The Smog Commission report is a valuable piece of evidence, which should be read by all concerned citizens. It’s glaring how inept the @EPD_Punjab and two tenures of #PMLN govt have been. Action needs to be taken now!

Report: epd.punjab.gov.pk/system/files/S…

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