The Valle de Aburrá Metropolitan Area (AMVA), the subregion’s environmental and mobility authority, released the schedule for the first episode of air quality in Medellín and its metropolitan area.
Historically, the subregion experiences two moments of air quality episodes due to the transitions between dry and rainy seasons: the first is between February and March and the second between October and November.
Juan David Palacio, director of the AMVA, reported that this first episode will begin on February 14 and indicated that it would last until April 8.
“We calculate that there will be three complex weeks, between March 7 and 25, in which the stations could present an Orange Air Quality Index (ICA), and even five or more stations could present ICA Red, which indicates conditions that are harmful to the health of the inhabitants,” explained the director.
However, for the start of the episode no changes or additional restrictions are contemplated to those already there is.
That is to say, there will be no environmental peak and placard and the charge for circulation during peak and placard will not be eliminated.
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From the environmental authority they indicated that, according to the measurements and forecast os, this episode will not be as strong as the one that occurred in 2020, but it will not be as mild as last year, in which there were no restrictive measures.
However, depending on how the measurements evolve and external factors such as forest fires that affect air quality, strict measures would be taken.
“It is very possible that since February 21 there will be a pick-up and license plate for cargo vehicles, but it will depend on how the indicators are. It will be time that will tell if additional measures are taken, such as the suspension of the special circulation payment,” Palacio specified.
The Metropolitan Area made a recommendation to the population to avoid prolonged physical activity outdoors and to use public transport during this period.
“The only solution to improve circulation in the territory, and in all the cities of the world, it is the promotion of public transport as the backbone of mobility,” said Palacio.