Bei­jing launches toughest anti-pol­lu­tion cam­paign in au­tumn, win­ter

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The Bei­jing hous­ing com­mis­sion on Fri­day be­gan en­forc­ing its strictest-ever anti-smog cam­paign in au­tumn and win­ter.

The reg­u­la­tion of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Hous­ing and Ur­ban-Ru­ral Devel­op­ment states that dur­ing the up­com­ing heat­ing quar­ter from Novem­ber 15, 2017 to March 15, 2018, most earth­work and rock­work, in­clud­ing road and drainage con­struc­tion, as well as de­mo­li­tions will be shut down, lo­cal Morn­ing Post re­ported on Sun­day.

The cam­paign cov­ers the city’s six core districts, 10 new districts and the Yizhuang Eco­nomic and Tech­no­log­i­cal Devel­op­ment Zone.

The reg­u­la­tion also said that the projects can only be re­sumed with mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

Any real es­tate devel­op­ment com­pany that re­fuses to stop its con­struc­tion will be for­bid­den from start­ing new projects or will be dis­qual­i­fied as con­trac­tors in the lo­cal mar­ket within six months.

In ad­di­tion, if three or more projects of a com­pany vi­o­late dust rules, all of the com­pany’s projects will be sus­pended for 30 days. The ap­pli­ca­tion process for its new projects will be halted, and the com­pany will be slapped with a three-month sus­pen­sion in the Bei­jing real es­tate mar­ket.

The reg­u­la­tion en­cour­ages cit­i­zens to report un­reg­u­lated con­struc­tions to lo­cal hous­ing and ur­ban-ru­ral devel­op­ment com­mis­sions.

Smog has be­come a fre- quent oc­cur­rence in north­ern China in re­cent years, par­tic­u­larly in win­ters, due to the high con­cen­tra­tion of fac­to­ries, ex­ces­sive coal use, cli­mate change and the rapid growth of pri­vate ve­hi­cles, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported. Bei­jing is one of the worst-hit cities by smog.

China vowed to im­pose tougher con­trols on air pol­lu­tion in the cap­i­tal and nearby re­gions this year to com­bat heavy smog, clos­ing il­le­gal plants and slash­ing steel pro­duc­tion, Zhao Ying­min, vice min­is­ter of en- vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion said in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to the Xin­hua report.

To re­duce smog in win­ter, Bei­jing, Tian­jin and 26 cities in the sur­round­ing prov­inces must at­tain their an­nual goals of cut­ting steel over­ca­pac­ity ahead of sched­ule.

These cities should shut down all ex­ces­sively pol­lut­ing fac­to­ries by the end of Oc­to­ber and re­duce their to­tal amount of coal con­sump­tion this year.

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