Iran's government declares another public day-off due to heavy air pollution
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 4 /Trend S.Isayev/
Due to heavy air pollution in Tehran, the government has announced another day-off in the capital, Iran's Vice President and Head of Environmental Protection Organization of Iran, Mohammad-Javad Mohammadizadeh said, IRNA reported.
Mohammadizadeh made the remarks during the meeting of the National Working Group and Coordinating Committee of Iran.
Mohammadizadeh noted that tomorrow, schools, kindergartens, universities will be closed, and the traffic will be reduced on Tehran streets.
All games in the Iranian premier league scheduled to be held in Tehran on Friday and Saturday were canceled to avoid jeopardizing the players' health.
Just last month Iran was forced to declared two holidays in the capital because of the amount of air pollution.
Tehran, which spreads over an area of 900 square kilometres, is considered one of the world's most polluted cities. On weekdays, the city's population reaches 15 million, leading to traffic jams and high pollution in the city centre.
On Dec. 5, member of Iran's parliament said that Iran daily loses some $65 million every day, when schools, universities and other institutions are closed, due to heavy air pollution.
In October, the CEO of Tehran's Air quality Control center Yusif Rashidi said that 4-5 thousand people die in Tehran yearly because of air pollution.
Some experts believe that the biggest reason of Tehran's heavy air pollution today is because car manufacturing in the country is being done at a lower level, and the amount of manufacturing should be reduced.
Iran has previously had laws implemented for dealing with the problem of air pollution, however none of them worked.