As per the latest report, life expectancy can be reduced by seven years if you live a year in Lahore, due to smog adversely affecting the air quality of the city.
Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city, is once again grappling with a severe smog crisis. The city has consistently ranked as the world’s most polluted for several years, and the situation is only worsening.
A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago revealed that Lahore residents’ average life expectancy has decreased by seven years due to the city’s abysmal air quality. The study further alarmingly indicated that children living in Lahore are exposed to the equivalent of smoking 30 cigarettes a day.
This smog crisis stems from a combination of factors, including rampant traffic congestion, industrial emissions, and the environmentally hazardous practice of burning crop residues. The city’s location in a valley further exacerbates the problem, as pollutants become trapped and unable to disperse.
While the government has implemented measures to address the smog crisis, their effectiveness has been underwhelming. Measures such as banning crop residue burning and implementing traffic congestion reduction strategies have failed to adequately offset the surge in pollution from other sources.
The devastating impact of the smog crisis extends far beyond the health of Lahore residents. Businesses are forced to close, tourists are deterred, and the city’s economy suffers significant losses.
Addressing this crisis requires more drastic action from the government. Investing in public transportation, implementing stricter emission standards for industries, and promoting renewable energy sources are crucial steps toward combating Lahore’s smog problem.
The government’s recent announcement to close schools and offices for three days a week as a smog mitigation strategy has been met with mixed reactions. While some appreciate the government’s intervention, others believe the measures are insufficient.
Only time will determine the effectiveness of the government’s measures in reducing smog levels in Lahore. The city’s residents can only hope that the authorities will take the necessary steps to ensure their health and well-being.