Polluting facilities need to be removed from central Hanoi
  • | dtinews.vn, LD | September 22, 2019 12:45 PM
Hanoi should take more drastic measures to deal with its severe air pollution, including the urgent removal of polluting facilities from the city’s inner-city areas.

According to the Hanoi People’s Committee, the Air Quality Index measured at 11 locations in Hanoi on September 17-18 ranged between 101 and 170. 


Hanoi faces serious air pollution

Hoang Duong Tung, chairman of Vietnam Clean Air Network, said that a large amount of vehicles, many on-going construction sites and industrial production activities are among the major causes of the Hanoi’s air pollution.

Post-harvest straw burning has worsened the city’s air pollution in recent days.

According to Tung, PM2.5 described as superfine particles can bring about many dangerous diseases. Normal masks can’t help to prevent them.

Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh from the Institute of Biotechnology from Hanoi University of Technology suggested that more people need to take public transport to ease traffic jams. The city should not build more industrial parks and export processing zones in city-centre areas.

Hanoi also needs to expand green space, Thinh noted.

Vo Tuan Nha, deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said Hanoi has planned to set up more quality monitoring stations along with the development of environmentally-friendly means of transport.

Nha, however, Nha emphasised that polluting facilities should be quickly relocated from the city centre

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