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Iran's capital Tehran experienced 125 day of air pollution last year

Managing Director of Air Pollution Control Organization Saeed Abolhassani said here Sunday that Tehran experienced over 125 days of unhealthy air pollution during the last Iranian year (ended March 20).

He added that in some days the pollution level came close to dangerous levels. Per international standards the pollution level should not exceed standards in more than one day in a year, Abolhassani underlined.

He further said that nevertheless, the above-standard pollution levels have gripped the capital city on several occasions during the first 40 days of the current year, "despite favorable climate in form of rain or wind and reduction in traffic due to the new year holidays".

He warned that the excessive pollution levels have dangerous consequences on the well-being of the Tehran residence.

He pointed to dilapidated cars, which do not carry standard fuel conversion systems, and other industrial sources' increasing dispensation of unhealthy substances into the air as main reasons for the unhealthy pall of smog hanging over the capital city.

"Even Iran's own environmental regulations call for only one day of above-standard levels of air pollution during a year," he said.

A member of Majlis Article 90 Commission Mohammad-Reza Tabesh declared here on Saturday that Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh is to appear before the commission to brief it on air pollution in Tehran.

Tabesh, told IRNA that following the assessment of the complaint brought up by a number of Tehran residence with the commission, the oil minister has been invited to present his explanations on the issue.

"Zanganeh is expected to talk about the conversion of the vehicles fuel system to gas, distribution of lead-free petrol and similar issues," he added.

"In the fifth term of Majlis, a complaint on air pollution in Tehran and its effects on the environment was addressed to Majlis by a number of Tehrani citizens, which was brought up at Majlis Article 90 Commission," he added.

Even the UN has been drawn into Tehran suffocating air pollution issue according to its new representative in Tehran Frederick Lyons.

The UN is to adopt measures to remove the environmental problems facing the metropolitan city of Tehran, Lyons said on Wednesday.

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of the "Clean Soil" meeting, Lyons said Tehran like other major cities in the world is faced with many social, economic and environmental problems.

He said the air pollution, pollutant substances, drinking water and purification of the water resources flowing in the sewage system and inter-city transportation are among the issues that should be dealt with in Tehran and other major cities of Iran.

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