By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday evening reviewed the short-term action plan for Kabul air pollution during a meeting with members of the commission for prevention of Kabul air pollution here at the presidential palace, a statement said.
During the meeting, the officials of the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) and Kabul Municipality briefed the president on steps taken so far to tackle the ongoing pollution in the capital city, the statement from the presidential press office said.
Reviewing the action plan, President Ghani said the steps taken so far were insufficient, adding the Kabul air pollution has remained at the top of the government works in recent weeks, according to the statement.
The president went on saying that there was a five-year action plan, but according to him urgent steps were needed to tackle the challenge and turn Kabul city a sound environment for the residents.
The president instructed the organs concerned to abruptly recognize those behind the increasing pollution in the city and stop consumption of low-quality fuel. The president also said that smoke filters should be installed to help reduce pollution in the city.
“The owners of wedding halls, tall buildings, townships, factories and other industries are the main reasons of air pollution in the city. They have endangered the people’s life in Kabul for their personal interest,” the president told the commission members as quoted in the statement. “No exception is acceptable. I am decisive against those endangering the live of public for their own interest and I will not hesitate to take any legal action that makes people accountable to society.”
According to the statement, the president instructed the Ministry of Interior to introduce those ignoring advices of Kabul Municipality and the NEPA to Attorney General Office, adding the government institutions should prevent consumption of low-quality fuel and seek alternatives such as solar energy.
The president also ordered the Traffic Department to prevent commute of those vehicles producing smokes and start the process from the government ones.
The president told the commission members that people were not satisfy with their works, adding the prevention of air pollution required collective approaches of the relevant institutions, the statement added.