Smog in Lahore links with stubble burning in Amritsar and Ludhiana

Lahore, Pakistan: Thick Smog in Lahore links with stubble burning in Amritsar and Ludhiana. Thick layer of smog that engulfs Lahore is caused by rampant stubble burning in Indian Punjab, particularly in Amritsar and Ludhiana.

Smog in Lahore links with stubble burning in Amritsar and Ludhiana
Smog in Lahore links with stubble burning in Amritsar and Ludhiana

The Air Quality Index (AQI) near India-Pakistan Wagha Border was recorded as high as 357AQI on Wednesday morning.

Lahore will face more serve situation in next week if rain does come because Indian Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) estimates hike in AQI as higher as 500 in coming week 3500 incidents of stubble burning are reported every day from Indian Punjab.

Situation is as bad in Delhi as in Lahore and Amritsar and only heavy rainfall can provide a relief to this area of subcontinent, reports “Punsch” a local FM radio from Ludhiana.

Air pollution does not believe in geopolitical boundaries and constant incidents of stubble burning every year in Indian Punjab play havoc with Lahore. Punjab government of Pakistan has never raised the issue with Indian government although it has international legal right to raise this issue with Indian government,” said Muhammad Baqir a researcher of Environmental pollution.

First way of smog engulfed Lahore on October 20 due to heavy fireworks reported in Ludhiana  and Amritsar on the night of Diwali.

Heavy smog in Amritsar on Wednesday morning

It is pertinent to mention that AQI above 100 is considered a dangerous level while Lahore is facing a situation of over AQI 300-mark that is very much a high-risk level.

The only remedy to avoid lungs and eye related problems is increase in water intake as water help to mitigate upper respiratory-tract infections. People who use motorcycles should use goggles to avoid retina injuries.