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Residents of Tehran urged to observe new traffic ban due to pollution

Tehran, Dec 11, IRNA-Governor General of the Iranian capital, Kamran Daneshjoo Saturday evening urged all residents of Tehran to observe new traffic scheme which is effective in 10-million plus metropolis as of Sunday through to next Thursday.

Addressing a session of the air pollution supervision committee, Daneshjoo added that according to the new plan, drivers will only be able to use their cars in a vast area of central Tehran on odd or even days according to the last figure on the number plate.

The odd-even ban is imposed in a bid to decrease the air pollution which has shut the city down in the past days.

However, Daneshjoo said the new scheme is a "temporary cure" which should be followed by "long-term planning" to clear the current hideous blanket of brown-yellow haze over the capital.

The restricted areas for using private cars have been expanded by traffic police since last week in order to decrease the air pollution which kept children and people from their schools and work places during the past couple of days.

Cars with an odd number plate will be allowed on Sunday in the expanded restricted area, where most businesses and offices are located.

"Using private cars is not a 'right' for every and each of the citizens but 'an advantage' given to them by the society," said the governor general.

He further stressed, "The residents can be deprived of such an advantage when the public interest is faced with danger."

Imposing further restrictions on using private cars in the city is only aimed at "respecting the rights of all citizens for having a clean and healthy environment," Daneshjoo added.

Tehran air pollution led into the closure of all schools and government offices in the past couple of days.

Pollution alerts are becoming increasingly common in the city, with air quality deemed unhealthy for at least 100 days of the year.

The odd-even ban has been applied for short periods in the past years, but failed as the residents complained about the impracticality of such an scheme.

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