According to the most recent World Health Organization data, there are some good reasons to be worried about the air quality in Lahore, with an yearly average of 68 µg/m3 of PM2.5, which corresponds to a 155 - Unhealthy Air Quality Index
Obviously, 165 - Unhealthy is just a yearly average, and the air pollution can reach much higher 300+ hazardous levels- just like the recent smog events in early November 2016.
Unfortunately, there is currently no known Air Quality monitoring network with PM2.5 data available in Lahore, nor in Pakistan (source).
Monitoring the Air Quality
For this reason, we are now investigating with several Institutions, Universities, Schools as well as individual citizens living in Lahore the possibility to setup an Air Quality monitoring network, which would allow to broadcast free hourly readings for several locations in Lahore. This network would later be extended to other cities in Pakistan.
The monitoring stations used for this network are the semi-professional GAIA A12 Air Quality monitoring stations. The Gaia A12 is much more affordable than the traditional monitoring station ($200 for the GAIA A12 while it is $10,000+ for the traditional ones), but yet with a data quality as good and reliable as the traditional stations.
If you are interested in knowing more about the project, about helping to host a station, or just about getting and rebroadcasting the real-time Air quality data, then please contact us with the form at the bottom of this page.