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LHC orders extension in winter vacation in Lahore Schools

The LHC issued the order on Tuesday to expand winter holidays in all schools and colleges. The vacations were extended for seven more days in the Punjab capital owing to the worsening smog situation.

According to details, Justice Shahid Kareem decided while hearing the petition seeking measures to tackle smog in the city. He emphasizes taking preventive measures to counter smog in Lahore.

The LHC also summoned the director general of Punjab’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) to the next hearing.

The development comes as Lahore ranked first among the world’s top ten most polluted cities.
Earlier, Punjab School Education Department announced winter vacations across the province from Dec 24 to Dec 31. All schools and colleges were scheduled to open on 2nd January. In contrast, the high court extended the vacations amid the worse smog situation in the city.

At the beginning of this month, the Punjab government notified three weekly holidays for Lahore’s public and private educational institutions amid the prevailing smog. The three holidays per week will remain effective until further notice.

SED issued the notification, stating that all public and private schools in Lahore will remain closed every Friday and Saturday. The official Sunday holiday will count as the third holiday.
Lahore continuously ranked among the most polluted cities in the world, with a peak AQI of 668 in some areas. According to Air Quality Index (AQI) scale, anything above 150 is unhealthy. The Air quality in the city and its adjacent areas is decreasing daily, which is an alarming situation for the citizens.
Smog is air pollution that reduces visibility. The term “smog” was first used in the early 1900s to describe a mix of smoke and fog. The smoke usually came from burning coal. Smog was common in industrial areas and remains a familiar sight in cities today.



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