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Lahore Air Quality: Spread of Fake Air Quality Data: Ministers asks FIA to take action

A lot of fake Air Quality data is circulating on internet and media, strong action will be taken against spreading wrong data

LAHORE: Punjab Environment Protection Department (EPD) has asked Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take action against those spreading fake/unauthorised data of air quality on social media and internet.

A letter was written by Punjab EPD Minister Muhammad Rizwan to Lahore FIA Director here Tuesday. In the letter, he said EPD was administering the Punjab Environmental Protection Act, 1997. “It is an Act to provide protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of the environment, for the prevention and control of pollution and promotion of sustainable development,” he said in the letter.

The minister wrote that during smog season, some unscrupulous elements with malafide intention were trying to damage the country's image by reporting misleading/false reading of Air Quality Index (AQI) from different unauthorised sources in Lahore on print and electronic media in contrary to the information by EPD, Punjab.

The minister asked the FIA authorities to take action against any person/company issuing fake/unauthorised data on social media and internet without having any approval from the EPA. He said the FIA should take action against such culprits under cyber laws. The minister while talking to The News said that EPD would identify such persons/companies to the FIA’s cyber crime wing. He said under cyber crime laws, unauthorised copying or transmission of data with dishonest intention and without authorisation came under FIA’s Cyber Crime Wing and the person/company committing this crime shall be punished with imprisonment and fines.

“Fake/unauthorised data on air quality of Lahore or any city of Punjab is harming international reputation of the government and creating fear among the citizens, which can’t be tolerated,” he said. To a question, the minister said the government was considering various options, including a month-long closure of schools, smart lockdown in sensitive areas and a ban on all kinds of construction activities in the City, including LDA’s three mega projects because adjoining areas of these projects were witnessing higher level of smog.

On the other hand, Professor Munawar Sabir, Director Punjab University's Centre for Integrated Mountain Research was ready to conduct an experiment of inducing artificial rain as a measure to counter smog. He said he will conduct his operation in Khanaspur in the last week of November 2021. He said many countries were creating artificial rains with different methods to fulfill their water needs. We can also do this by using drones to jolt clouds with negative charge. The rain caused through this method will give us water costing 10 paisa per litre. Good news was that the situation in Lahore was not very bad and the bad news was that it will not going to improve without rain, he said.

The minister on artificial rain said that the government has not considered this method. Lahore deputy commissioner said 21 industrial units were checked out of which 8 industrial

units were sealed for not controlling pollution.

 

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No Pakistani city is most polluted in world because Pakistan is not an industrialized country and petroleum consumption is low
Petroleum consumption in Pakistan is only 0.6 percent of the world's total petroleum consumption
Lahore is still one of the most polluted cities in the region. Smog is but a manifestation of pollution and it causes lot of health problems.

There is much construction work in Lahore which has created lot of dust by extension due to lack of management (i.e. sand should be covered). Other contributors to pollution are brick kilns and huge number of automobiles.

I am absolutely skeptical about the assertion of Professor Munawar Sabir that situation in Lahore is not very bad. He needs to step out from his beautiful university more often.
 

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Exactly. Most of the AQI numbers are coming from US consulates as US embassies maintain and operate air quality monitoring systems. These consulates are located comparatively away from urban centers and thus, are reporting much less poor air quality than what it is in the urban centers of Lahore and all other bigger cities.

The air quality monitoring sites that EPDs are operating are as (un)reliable as any other environmental quality monitoring done by the government sector.


Lahore is still one of the most polluted cities in the region. Smog is but a manifestation of pollution and it causes lot of health problems.

There is much construction work in Lahore which has created lot of dust by extension due to lack of management (i.e. sand should be covered). Other contributors to pollution are brick kilns and huge number of automobiles.

I am absolutely skeptical about the assertion of Professor Munawar Sabir that situation in Lahore is not very bad. He needs to step out from his beautiful university more often.
 

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Meanwhile kids are having breathing issues which can cause lifelong problems
 

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Minister said: “Fake/unauthorised data on air quality of Lahore or any city of Punjab is harming international reputation of the government and creating fear among the citizens, which can’t be tolerated,”
 

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Minister said: “Fake/unauthorised data on air quality of Lahore or any city of Punjab is harming international reputation of the government and creating fear among the citizens, which can’t be tolerated,”
Let me fix that

Minister said: “Fake/unauthorised “cough” “cough” data on air quality of La-“wheezing” hore or any city “cough” “cough” of Punjab “cough” “cough” is harming “cough” “cough” inter “cough” “cough” national “cough” “cough” re “cough” “cough” re “cough” “cough” putation of the government “cough” “cough” “wheezing” “cough” “cough” and creating fear among the citizens, “wheezing” which can’t be tolerated,”
 

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We’ve basically neglected our old cities to just get on with it becoming even more dirty over populated and cesspits in some areas. no body had any forward planning of building new towns with modern sewage system or renewable clean sun powered solar panels to provide electricity most of time,
 

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We’ve basically neglected our old cities to just get on with it becoming even more dirty over populated and cesspits in some areas. no body had any forward planning of building new towns with modern sewage system or renewable clean sun powered solar panels to provide electricity most of time,
Agree with you! What is PTI Buzdar doind, CM of Punjab now?
 

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Let me fix that

Minister said: “Fake/unauthorised “cough” “cough” data on air quality of La-“wheezing” hore or any city “cough” “cough” of Punjab “cough” “cough” is harming “cough” “cough” inter “cough” “cough” national “cough” “cough” re “cough” “cough” re “cough” “cough” putation of the government “cough” “cough” “wheezing” “cough” “cough” and creating fear among the citizens, “wheezing” which can’t be tolerated,”
That is so funny!
 

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Minister Sb needs a MF reality check. The smog in Lahore is seriously becoming unbearable. Yesterday as i was walking to my car, i lowered my mask for two seconds and you can literally smell the smog, not to mention as it pierces through your eyes and cause a burning sensation. I am literally eating two Vitamin C pills everyday to not get a sore throat.
 

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Wrong guys, the AQI index is completely showing wrong in Lahore. Total Bullshit of what the world calculates. Look this guy Ben traveled Lahore last week, and what he says is every city in India and Bangladesh is most polluted than Lahore. Lahore pollution levels are wrongly measured.

see video here:

 

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Real Air Quality index: Look at all the Indian, Bangladesh, Nepal, and mostly Chinese Cities: Lahore is back at 7 spot. Its raining today in Lahore:

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