CHUNCHEON, April 18 (Korea Bizwire) — In a bit to combat worsening air pollution, Gangwon Province has announced plans to install ‘fine dust shelters’ at bus stops and taxi stands.
The move by the Gangwon provincial government to build green zones comes amid a growing number of fine dust warnings issued in recent years in the region traditionally known for its pristine nature.
Fine dust warnings have been issued 39 times already in the region as of April, a significant jump from 2016 and 2017 when a total of 44 and 43 warnings were issued, respectively, raising health concerns among local residents.
Against this backdrop, the provincial government is taking a number of steps to tackle the region’s worsening air quality, including plans to build a text message alert service, digital information boards, green zones, and a Yellow Pass.
The green zone project will see booths installed for passengers waiting for the bus or a taxi to take shelter when fine dust levels are high.
The project will be trialed at a select few areas in each city and county within the province, with further plans to expand the facilities.
The Yellow Pass policy will prioritize disadvantaged members of society such as children, seniors, pregnant women, and disabled people when it comes to the use of public transport when fine dust warnings are issued.
As part of the 10-point short-term action plan to reduce fine dust levels, the provincial government is introducing a number of air pollution measurement networks in every city and county in Gangwon Province, and spending 5.5 billion won to create urban forests across the region.
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., dozens of street-cleaning vehicles will be dispatched to reduce fine dust levels, with a 630 million won budget dedicated to improving the air quality of public facilities accessed by vulnerable members of society.
“With fine dust warnings being issued often recently, local residents are not able to go out as often and have health concerns. We will continue our administrative efforts to improve air quality and protect the health of the people of Gangwon province,” a senior local government official said.
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