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12/06/10

Planes to spray water on Tehran to combat alarming pollution

Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

Tehran officials have decided to take some special measures after their previous decisions failed to reduce air pollution in Tehran.


An air quality monitor in Tehran

Officials had previously employed some stopgap measures like closing schools, universities, and government offices and imposing special traffic restrictions, but the choking smog did not dissipate.

In an emergency meeting held on Sunday night, the officials decided to take some special measures such as spraying water by airplanes on the metropolis to alleviate the pollution, Tehran Governor General Morteza Tamaddon told the ISNA news agency on Monday.

The implementation of this plan will begin on Tuesday, he said.


A view of Tehran

He went on to say that Tehran's Environment Protection Organization was tasked with designing and building special ventilation and air conditioning systems to be installed in 100 polluted spots of the capital.

He added that some industrial facilities which violated the environmental regulations were shut down.

Heavy air pollution has gripped Tehran over the past few weeks, disrupting life in the capital and leading to a rise in the number respiratory attacks.

Experts say low quality domestically produced gasoline, large number of gas-guzzling cars and motorcycles, and inefficient and outdated public transport system are the main factors that cause heavy air pollution in Tehran.

The current weather condition which is rainless and windless has also aggravated the pollution.


The metropolis of Tehran houses about 10 million people.

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