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Paper urges Iranian officials to save people from slow death in Tehran

Tehran, Dec 12, IRNA-A morning daily on Monday commented on the alarming air pollution in Tehran urging officials to save residents of the metropolis from the slow death.

The English-language 'Tehran Times' believed the roots of the problem and the solution to it "are very clear" and that the problem "lies with the decision-makers.

"Gasoline is heavily subsidized and this has led to extravagant use of petrol. A large percentage of the cars plying the streets are dilapidated jalopies, which experts say burn 2 to 2.5 times more fuel than the international standard," argued the editorial.

It added, "The lax enforcement of traffic regulations, the fact that people are not properly trained to use cars, and, perhaps, most significantly, the lack of an efficient public transportation system, are magnifying the problem.

"The solutions are clear," said the paper suggesting, "Develop an advanced transport system; end petrol subsidies; and introduce a strict traffic code." It regretted that so far there has been no strong will to end the dilemma.

Criticizing the policy-makers for not paying due attention to the problem, the article complained that the officials act like isolated islands and do not coordinate their activities.

The editorial concluded by urging officials and decision-makers to save residents of the smoke-chocked capital.

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