Public Transport Free for Three Days in Paris

Public Transport Free for Three Days in Paris

In order to curb increasing pollution, Paris authorities have made public transport free for three days i.e. from Friday morning to Sunday evening. For the past many days, Paris is under increasing threat of air pollution which is expected to continue till end of this week.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 223,000 deaths from lung cancer were caused due to air pollution across the world in 2010.

Not only Paris, but Belgium is also under threat of increasing air pollution. The government in Belgium has ordered not to increase speed of vehicles as step to reduce strong concentration of polluting particles in the atmosphere.

Jean-Paul Huchon, head of the STIF organization, requests people in Paris to avoid using their own vehicles and prefer use of public transport for three days.

Experts estimated that the overall air quality index in central Paris late on Thursday was similar to that of Belgium, which is considered among the most polluted places in the world. Philippe Martin, Ecology Minister, said that taking the initiative to preserve the air quality was an emergency and priority for the government.

Along with Paris, northern city of Caen, Reims and Rouen, in the northwest, are also following same procedure to curb increasing air pollution. In past few days, monitoring centers have reported particularly strong concentration of particles with a diameter of less than 10 microns in air in the French capital. On increase in concentration of these particles from more than 80 micrograms per cubic meter, government issues pollution alerts in France.

Experts said that the particles having size less than 2.5 microns in diameter also prove hazardous for heath of humans as they penetrate deep into the lungs and the blood system causing asthma, allergies and respiratory ailments.

In addition to the free public transport initiative taken by government to control pollution in Paris, entry of trucks has also been temporarily banned in the French capital.

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