January 25, 2018 | 09:34 AM

BMA under fire for 'inaction over dust pollution' 

A city councillor has accused the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) of being weak in its efforts to curb potentially harmful ultra-fine dust levels in the city. Though the BMA has launched measures... 

The dust, which is much less than the width of a single human hair, is considered dangerous as it can easily lodge in the lungs, causing severe respiratory illnesses or aggravate symptoms in people already... 

Mr Warin yesterday listed various measures the BMA could take to tackle the problem as he spoke at the city council meeting, also attended by BMA executives. They included tighter controls on pollution... 

City Hall's Environment Department has spent millions of baht installing equipment to detect dust and noise pollution levels. However, Mr Warin said city authorities have only reported the amounts of dust... 

He accused them of saying nothing on what they intend to do about the problems. 

Over the past year, he said he has seen hardly any effort to deal with the dust. 

In response, Deputy Bangkok governor Chakkaphan Phewngam said city officials have carried out effective measures in recent years to deal with pollution. 

The city has allocated a 24.5-million-baht for this year to hire a firm to oversee and maintain the pollution detection system following the expiry of the previous contractor's contract, he said. 

The city has also instructed all district officials to take their duties in addressing pollution more seriously, the deputy governor said. All 50 district offices are also required to regularly stage big... 

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