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NCC demands switch over to eco-friendly fuel

posted on 06/03/2007: 3385 views

The National Consultative Council (NCC) has urged the government to set a deadline for all vehicles in Abu Dhabi to switch over to eco-friendly fuel. At the NCC session presided over by Speaker Abdullah Al Masood yesterday, the members underlined the need for using the environment-friendly fuel in line with international standards to protect the environment.

In its second session of the 16th Legislation Chapter, the NCC also recommended to halt the import of vehicles whose specifications do not comply with the environmental criteria.

The House engaged in a lengthy debate on major causes of pollution in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The members called on the authorities concerned to relocate industries to remove hazards of pollution. "Existence of chemical industries near food and pharmaceutical factories in some areas of the capital poses danger,” the House argued.

Regarding medical and industrial wastes, the NCC proposed to set up waste management stations equipped with latest technology to avert any hazards of pollution. The council urged the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency to conduct research on the oil companies' impact on environment in the Western Region.

A member, Gaith Al Hamili, said, "There should be factories for processing and recycling solid waste to protect the environment. Cafes serving shisha must be shifted from residential areas and relocated in remote areas so as to reduce air pollution caused by the hubble-bubble.”

He said the number of cafes in Abu Dhabi had grown from 19 cafes in 1997 to 517 outlets in 2001 according to official statistics. A group of members urged the house yesterday to recommend strict legal action to curb fraud in the trade of auto spare parts, food commodities and drug products. (Khaleej Times)


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