LAHORE: The Punjab government on Monday announced that schools in Lahore will remain closed for three days a week from November 27 to January 15 die to toxic smog risking citizens.
The Punjab government has announced three holidays a week – Saturday, Sunday and Monday- in the government and private schools in Lahore. The offices of these all schools will also remain closed on those days, said a notification.
The Punjab government has decided to keep educational institutes in Lahore as there seems to be no immediate let-up in the smog situation. Punjab Relief Commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar said the restriction would be in place from November 27 to January 15.
Lahore was ranked among the top five cities of the world with bad air quality. The city had an air quality ranking of 269, nearing the hazardous level of 300. The worst quality of air was recorded in Kot Lakhpat as AQI reached 408, followed by Gulberg 385, Model Town 356, Eden Cottages 289 and Anar Kali at 276.