The over-exploitation of construction material mines in southern Tehran has become a source of dust particles, adding to air pollution problems in the Iranian capital.

The head of Iranian Parliament’s Environment Commission says the city has been issuing too many licences for mining construction materials in southern Tehran, and that is now “making Tehran out of breath.”

The Fars News Agency reports that the licences are being issued by officials for the benefit of their personally owned companies and that these licences should be immediately rescinded.

He stressed that this form of abuse of power should be subject to immediate investigation and prosecution.