As thick cloud of smog descended over the city's metropolis during the last couple of weeks, the city's authority declared a 24-hour public holiday last Wednesday (as well as today) for schools, offices and factories in Tehran. Thus, for two consecutive weeks Tehranis had been experiencing a three-day long weekends.
Lately, Tehran air pollution has reportedly been reaching an alarming level as air quality indicators showed a persistently worsening situation. City dwellers, especially children, the elderly, those with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, heart and asthma patients, had been advised and urged to stay indoors.
The city's air pollution is mainly blamed on its geographical location and increasing population and cars. Official report shows that half of Iran's six million cars fails to meet global standards and burns twice as much gasoline as a European car. Out of the approximately 12.3 million population in the province of Tehran, about 8 million reside in the city, which worsens traffic jams, air pollution, ailments and standard of living.
The pollution problem becomes more acute during winter when lack of wind and cold weather means clouds of smog sit on the city for days on end.
Four years in Bangkok, four years in Jakarta, and now over five years in Tehran...so much the price to pay for a healthy life on the move...May Allah the Almighty protect and save us all from all these hazardous phenomenon and calamities...Amin ya Rabbal a'lamin.