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Chinese capital bans winter construction to improve air quality

Chinese capital bans winter construction to improve air quality
From Reuters - September 17, 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing will suspend construction of major public projects in the city this winter in an effort to improve the capitals notorious air quality, official media said on Sunday, citing the municipal commission of housing and urban-rural development.

All construction of road and water projects, as well as demolition of housing, will be banned from Nov. 15 to March 15 within the citys six major districts and surrounding suburbs, said the Xinhua report.

The period spans the four months when heating is supplied to the citys housing and other buildings.

China is in the fourth year of a war on pollution designed to reverse the damage done by decades of untrammelled economic growth and allay concerns that hazardous smog and widespread water and soil contamination are causing hundreds of thousands of early deaths every year.

Beijing has promised to impose tough industrial and traffic curbs across the north of the country this winter in a bid to meet key smog targets.

In the capital, it is aiming to reduce airborne particles known as PM2.5 by more than a quarter from their 2012 levels and bring average concentrations down to 60 micrograms per cubic meter.

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