High Air Pollution to Close Downtown Sofia

Society | January 14, 2008, Monday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 5
Bulgaria: High Air Pollution to Close Downtown Sofia Authorities may start closing downtown Sofia for traffic when air polution level becomes dangerous. Photo by Nadya Kotseva (Sofia News Agency)

Authorities may start closing downtown Sofia for traffic when the level of air pollution is too high, the municipal Ecology Department said on Monday.

The department's director Petar Traikov said that the municipality installed a monitoring system at the juncture between the central Rakovski and Moskovska streets, which measures and shows information about air pollution.

"If the system shows pollution levels high above the health norms, downtown traffic may be temporary stopped, in order to improve the conditions," Traikov told reporters.

Last week, experts warned of 209.27 miligrammes of dust particles per cubic metre of the air in fog-blanketed Sofia, while the norm is 50 milligrammes.

The new system detects seven major air pollutants and officials informed that such monitors will be soon installed at other central junctures in the capital.
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liquid - 9 Dec 2008 // 17:41:55

Yes, New York, Los Angeles....but come here in Bulgaria, go to Sofia and you will see for what I am talking about.
Thank you

FIGMENT - 8 Dec 2008 // 23:30:48


I think people should be able to own cars and to drive unrestricted. If traffic gets bad enough, people who don't like getting stuck in traffic will stop driving out of their own free will. Like in New York and Los Angeles. If you want to spend a couple of hours stuck in traffic, you drive into the city. If you like to get there in less than 1 hour, you take a bus or a train.

liquid - 8 Dec 2008 // 23:15:21

Look, I am stating an opinion and I have the right to do this without someone like you to judge me.
I am Bulgarian woman,not British, nor American!
Sofia has a problem and I suppose that you also know that whenever a problem occurs a solution is needed. In this case, I think that closing the downtown is not the right solution (read the article), its a short-term one.
If you have your own opinion about that, please - write it.
It will be interesting to see what you think and what solution you will be able to offer.

FIGMENT - 8 Dec 2008 // 20:52:40


Why do you want to prevent people from owning cars in Bulgaria? Bulgarians just recently finally started having cars, and now you want to take away from the people their toys? Shame on you, you must be a liberal British jerk.

liquid - 8 Dec 2008 // 18:56:10

I think that another alternative solutions must be taken in order to decrease the level of air pollution in Sofia. A regulation about owning a car such as in Japan or China (I don't remember where it was) which states that if you do not have a garage you do not have a right to own a car. It is so simple! In my opinion this is good alternative and by enforcing such regulation Sofia will get a favorable effect on several problems - the problem with the intensive traffic, the problem with the lack of park places, and of course the problem with the air pollution. The cars in Sofia are too much. I am sure that 1/3, not to (2/2) of car owners did not have garages. Thats it

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