The concentrations of PM10 did not collapse even in the year of the lockdown, last year in Milan the fine particles exceeded the limits more times than in 2019, ninety days against 72 even if in the hardest months of the pandemic only the cars of the essential categories. The data of the Arpa agency have strengthened the thesis of those who argue that it is not traffic but boilers that are the main source of smog. And yesterday the center-right candidate for mayor Luca Bernardo also cited the Arpa data to underline that “the Sala junta should admit its failure on environmental policies, the air has not changed, not even respiratory diseases and even the data of Arpa, not of Bernardo, they say that there have been higher Pm10 peaks ». If he is elected, «Area B will no longer be there. On Area C you can’t go back but you can think of a shorter period of daily lighting, perhaps from 7.30 to 14.30 ». And “we must think of the residents in the Circle, because after 40 free admissions not everyone can afford to pay a 2 euro ticket every day” to return home, today those who live in the restricted traffic area have a discounted rate compared to the full 5 euros. Bernardo also wants to listen to traders on the subject. But “mobility must be rethought – he insists -, Area C has congested traffic and taking via Pontaccio as an example”, Brera area, where months ago one of the famous cycle paths traced with the paint on the ground appeared, “there is already chaos now, I dare not imagine what it will become in September with the Salone del Mobile and the reopening of schools. Mobility must be rethought based on the health and productivity of those who work ». From October “we therefore hope we can reduce the switch-on times”, obviously if he is elected, but in the meantime the center-right candidate launches an immediate call to Beppe Sala: “For the whole of August I believe that the cameras should be turned off”. In 2017 Area C went on vacation only for a week, from 14 to 20 August, in the following two years no truce, despite the pressure of the center-right, and even last year despite the Covid emergency was far from over. The Fdi Regional Councilor Riccardo De Corato (obviously) approves the line, who also yesterday at the market in Piazzale Lagosta collected 190 signatures against Area B, Area C and the Corso Buenos Aires cycle path: “Sala used the entrance ticket to make cash, we will abolish Area B and reduce the opening hours of Area C ».
The Councilor for Mobility Marco Granelli “betrayed” by the PM10 is now hanging on to ozone. «In summer and especially in the months of July and August, the most dangerous pollutant is ozone – explains Arpa, too -. It is dangerous for health, for the respiratory tract, and children are more at risk. And then for the plants. And to reduce ozone, the regional council is to use less cars and diesels in particular. Milan puts it into practice. It is strange that Bernardo, a pediatrician, says instead that in August he would remove Area C and then via Area B, so we increase traffic and ozone. In the last 9 days in Milan the target threshold has been exceeded for 5 days, and it should not be exceeded for more than 25 days a year ». It is deduced that the Municipality does not intend to turn off the cameras even in August.
Bernardo rejects the radicals’ proposal to establish a “night mayor” to coordinate security and activities during nightlife hours, on which Sala said he was willing to think. “There is no need for two mayors, just one who works 24 hours for the city and serves more garrison of the brigade,” he replies. He anticipates that in his civic list, which he will present later, there will be only “men and women of civil society” and in addition to Lega, Forza Italia, Fdi and Noi con Italia “other parties are approaching our area, the Republicans , the European Liberals and others, we are an open house, the important thing is competence, legality and the desire to do things for the city ». From the Republican area, the former Mobility Councilor Franco De Angelis could run for office. Instead, it closes with far-right movements such as Forza Nuova or Casapound, “I listen to them but thank you, no, extremes are not for me”.