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Vietnam: Hanoi plans to ban motorbikes by 2030

Along with these bikes, the coal-fired power plants, seasonal agricultural burning, construction projects are also responsible for the huge surge in pollution.


Devdiscourse News Desk Last Updated at 30 Jul 2018, 01:07 IST Vietnam
Vietnam: Hanoi plans to ban motorbikes by 2030
  • The population of the city is almost 8 million and thousands of motorbikes daily descend on its roads. (Image Credit: Twitter)

The air quality in Vietnam has deteriorated in the past. The officials in the Southeast Asian Nation are set to take steps to improve the air quality.

One of the ambitious steps is to ban motorbikes by 2030. Back in 2016, Capital Hanoi got second most polluted city's tag and was only behind of Saraburi, the industrial heartland in Thailand.

Most shockingly, less than 40 days in 2017 had air quality which can be considered good by the World Health Organisation's standards.

The population of the city is almost 8 million and thousands of motorbikes daily descend on its roads.

Along with these bikes, the coal-fired power plants, seasonal agricultural burning, construction projects are also responsible for the huge surge in pollution.

The peak months in which pollution surges are December to February. Dirty winds from southern China is drawn across the region and the city faces the problem.

To counter the bad air quality, the Hanoi city council took the measure of banning motorbikes earlier this month. The council hopes that it will also boost public transport.

The council also targets to plant the maximum of trees. It has appealed people to switch to cleaner-burning heaters.


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