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More ‘good news’ for the fans of India-Pakistan rivalry. Lahore beats Delhi in pollution

Lahore, often compared with Delhi by literature and heritage lovers, is also competing in terms of air pollution.

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New Delhi: There is ‘good news’ for the supporters of India-Pakistan rivalry. The neighbouring country has left India behind in one aspect — pollution. Lahore has been declared world’s most polluted city followed by New Delhi with an Air Quality Index of 289, as announced by IQAir, a global environmental think tank.

Some of the areas of Lahore have AQI as high as 500 (Kot Lakhpat), making it extremely hazardous to live and breathe in such air. Pakistani Twitter has its own way to respond to the news.

A Twitter user said everything is temporary but “Lahore ranks first in environmental pollution” is permanent.


People who were considering moving to Lahore, may now reconsider. Another Twitter user wondered whether she should run away to Bhutan.


Some are also worried about the added expense of an air freshener.


Another user called the air of the city “cancerous “, adding that no one can survive here even for 10 minutes.


Pakistanis also blamed the authorities for the mess. While some criticised the present government, others held the previous dispensation responsible.

A Twitter account blamed the incompetence of those in power for bringing Lahore to this stage.


To this, a user sarcastically responded saying that during the previous government’s regime, people from across the world would come visiting Lahore used to come to cleanse their lungs in Lahore.

There were also those who came to the government’s defence. A user pointed out that green cover has been decreasing since 1990, which is not the present regime’s fault.


Putting the burden of change on common people, a user asked if those crying about the situation even knew the environment minister’s name.


The problem of smog and poor AQI has been a persistent one in Lahore. The city, otherwise referred to as the identical of Delhi by literature and heritage lovers, is also competing in terms of air pollution. Even in 2019, the city had witnessed a sudden spike in AQI from 200 to 500. Some also contributed to changing wind directions coming from India, bringing stubble burning smoke from Punjab.

(Edited by Anurag Chaubey)

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