Paris pollution brings bonanza for Paris residents, public transportation is free
You have been hearing about high pollution level in Beijing, Shanghai and in recent months about very high pollution levels in the Indian capital New Delhi, but not many gave attention to Paris. One of the most beautiful cities in the world has become so much polluted that emergency measures have become necessary.
Recently French government was forced to take a decision that not many had anticipated. On Monday official in French capital said that the northern France in general and Paris in particular suffer from a choking smog. Officials taking an unprecedented step have made public transport free and half of all vehicles were banned from the roads.
While talking about the drastic measures put in place by the city, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said â€œI am delighted the state has agreed to put in place a partial driving ban on Monday, which I have been requesting for several daysâ€.
Officials have said that only those vehicles will be allowed to run in the city whose number plates end in an odd number. But the officials have given exceptions to vehicles like taxis, electric cars and ambulances.
The French officials have also exempted cars with foreign numbers from ban. In the meantime officials have said that public transportation is to be free until at least Monday in Paris and its surrounding towns in an effort to force pollution down by coaxing drivers to give up their cars for a few days. Official air quality monitors said this past Sunday that concentrations of potentially dangerous particulates in the air could again go over the recommended maximum. In Paris, authorities measure the concentration of particulates with a diameter of less than 10 microns — so-called PM10 — in the air to determine pollution levels.
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