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Hundreds of Pakistan traffic cops report eye, lung problems due to BRT project

Noise and dust pollution has had a detrimental impact on traffic cops and locals in and around the area.

Hundreds of Pakistan traffic cops report eye, lung problems due to BRT project
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In an unfortunate example of how man-made pollution has an extremely detrimental impact on humans, at least 400 traffic cops in Pakistan's Peshawar have complained of lung and eye problems after being deployed in an area where a Bus Rapid Transit is being developed.

Dawn reported that the traffic cops have complained of pulmonary and eye problems which has primarily been caused by overexposure to duest caused by construction activities. Long working hours in absolutely hazardous conditions where trucks laden with concrete roll over dusty roads has resulted in traffic cops here suffering enormously. The level of pollution has been alarming in and around the construction site and it is reported that a letter of appeal was previously written by the chief of Peshawar Traffic Department to Peshawar Development Authority.

While no preventive measures were put in place despite the letter, PDA has now agreed to bear the cost of treatment of the traffic cops who have been moved to a military hospital.

Locals here too have complained about the different kinds of pollution in the area - dust and noise. It has been claimed by those in charge that sprinkling roads to minimise spread of dust and check on illegal dumping of construction waste has been undertaken.