The Lahore High Court (LHC) ordered the government to extend the winter break for all schools and colleges in the Punjabi city by one week on Tuesday due to the worsening smog.
The top court issued the directive after hearing a petition requesting steps to lessen smog in the city. It said that after the haze, the government was in charge of carrying out preventative measures.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority’s (PDMA) director general has also been called before the LHC for the next hearing.
Lahore routinely ranks first among the top 10 most polluted cities in the world as the change takes place.
Due to the earlier notification made by the Punjab School Education Department, all public and private schools in the province would be closed from December 24 to December 31. The schools would reopen on January 2, 2023. Schools and universities will now reopen on January 9.
Air pollution has recently been worse in Pakistan as low-grade diesel emissions, smoke from seasonal agricultural burnoff, and colder winter temperatures combine to build stagnant clouds of haze.