BANGKOK (NNT) - People in Bangkok are advised to wear protective masks to prevent inhalation of dust when going outside today (Nov 13), as the level of PM2.5 has again exceeded the safe threshold in several areas of the city.
According to the Air Quality and Noise Management Division of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), levels of particulate matter 2.5 micrometers and less in diameter (PM2.5) measured 40 to 66 micrograms per cubic meter in Bangkok this morning. The levels of PM2.5 exceeded the safe threshold of 52 micrograms per cubic meter in 16 districts, namely Pathum Wan, Samphanthawong, Wang Thonglang, Din Daeng, Bang Kho Laem, Yan Nawa, Khlong San, Bangkok Noi, Phasi Charoen, Bang Khen, Bang Phlat, Bang Khun Thian, Sathorn, Khlong Toei, Bang Sue and Lak Si.
With the BMA launching the Dust-Free City campaign, the BMA Permanent Secretary, Silapasuay Raweesaengsoon, has ordered relevant agencies to conduct inspections of vehicles emitting black smoke, help maintain car engines, urge motorists to turn off their engines after parking and avoid using vehicles with diesel engines. Garbage trucks have been instructed to collect all garbage before 4 a.m. every day to ease traffic congestion during rush hours, while state-owned vehicles must undergo an inspection and maintenance every six months.
In the long run, the authorities plan to improve emission standards as well as fuel quality, enhance the public transport network and encourage the general public to use public transport instead of personal vehicles and increase the number of green areas in the capital. The measures will be part of the action plan to tackle air pollution, which is high on the national agenda.