The Seoul Metropolitan Government said Sunday that it will establish a new body under Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon to fight worsening particulate pollution in the nation's capital.
Under Park's direct supervision, a body encompassing 11 departments and four state-run agencies under the municipality, as well as 25 district offices in Seoul, will be in charge of drawing up and implementing countermeasures to reduce dust pollution.
The control tower will go into operation at 4pm on days when fine dust emergency measures are expected to take effect. It will mainly give instructions and oversee the implementation of the measures.
Emergency dust reduction measures come into force between 9am and 6pm on any day after the average concentration of PM 2.5 -- ultrafine particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometres in diameter -- exceeds 50 micrograms per cubic metre and is forecast to surpass that level for the next 24 hours.
A think tank consisting of 21 environmental and transportation experts will also be established to give policy advice to the city government.