Smog returns amid EPA’s failure to measure air quality index

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With the Punjab Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continuing to fail in evaluating the air quality index, the provincial capital and its adjoining areas on Monday experienced posionous smog.

Moreover, the concentration of smog is predicted to increase in the upcoming days as the Met office has forecasted that there will not be any rainfall before October 31.

The Punjab government stated that it has been taking several measures to overcome the issues caused by smog for the past one month, such as closing brick kilns and other industries that contribute to air pollution.

When discussing climate change during a media briefing with the Advisor to Prime Minister,  Malik Amin Aslam, he  shared that Punjab EPA was determined to record the air quality in the province. In addition to this he stated that  that at least eleven monitoring stations would be set up by the end of the month. He claimed that there are three systems which are already in working order, one each in Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan.

On some other instance he had shared that stalks being burnt in India was one of the main contributing factor of increased smog in Lahore. To assess the trans-boundary pollution, he had declared that EPA is establishing a monitoring station which will asses the air quality on the Pakistan-India border.

The air monitoring committee was unable to monitor the air quality and stated this,  “Though EPA has installed five air quality monitoring stations; two in Lahore, one at Met office, another at the Punjab Medical and Dental College (PMDC) and one each in Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Multan, the data produced is not reliable and that is why EPA is reluctant to disseminate it.”

Furthermore, they declared that he quantity of injurious components like carbon monoxides (CO), oxides of sulfur, oxides of nitrate and particulate matters [PM2.5 and PM10] afar the Punjab Environmental Quality Standards (PEQS).