China pledges £11bn to tackle pollution

China has pledged to spend ¥100 billion (£10.7bn) over three years to deal with the capital city’s pollution crisis. According to Chinese reports, the Beijing Government has published plans to […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

China has pledged to spend ¥100 billion (£10.7bn) over three years to deal with the capital city’s pollution crisis.

According to Chinese reports, the Beijing Government has published plans to improve sewage disposal, garbage treatment, air quality and tackle illegal construction.

This includes laying or upgrading 1,290 km of sewage pipeline, building five garbage incineration plants, setting up 47 water recycling plants and upgrading 20 sewage disposal plants.

Fang Li, Deputy Director of Beijing’s Environmental Protection Bureau said the Government would continue to take measures to cut emissions for air quality improvement this year.

He added the city would also continue to control vehicle emissions using the policy that restricts private cars from being driven one day a week. The Government is also considering implementing the policy in particular areas and periods to control the number of cars on the road.

The news follows reports earlier this year suggesting many parts of China were engulfed by thick polluted smog, with visibility lower than 1,000 metres in Beijing and a few other provinces.