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Tehran to close government offices, schools again for air pollution: report

TEHRAN, Nov. 29 — Tehran Governor Morteza Tamaddon said Sunday that all government offices, funds, banks and schools of Tehran would be closed on Dec. 1 and 2 due to the alarming high air pollution in the city, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

On Nov. 23, Tehran City Air Pollution Committee had announced Nov. 24 holiday for all governmental offices and organizations due to the critical condition of air pollution in the city.

Tamaddon told Mehr that the government in its Sunday session agreed with the plan in a move to reduce the amount of air pollution in Tehran.

Also, from Monday all government offices in Tehran will close one hour earlier than their regular work time, said Tamaddon.

Due to the same issue, from Monday all the cars bearing odd plate numbers are allowed to drive in the city on odd days and even numbers on even days. The rule has already in effect in downtown Tehran and in some busy areas, added Tamaddon.

In recent years, Iran has made great efforts to solve air pollution problem in Tehran, including passing laws to urge safer fuel for cars and to replace old, inefficient cars with new ones to meet the standards.

Also, the Iranian government has developed decentralizing policies, which may slow down the accumulation of people and industries in the capital to a considerable degree. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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