Beijing police to combat toxic smog

Beijing police to combat toxic smog

Beijing authorities have confirmed that police officers have been assigned with the additional responsibility of looking for local sources of air pollution, including dusty roads and open-air barbeques.

Cai Qi, mayor of the city, has also promised to trim down consumption of coal by 30 per cent this year as part of the city efforts to cut air pollution, which has become a big issue in the national capital in the recent past.

Unfavorable weather conditions have played a major role in aggravating the issue of air pollution by preventing pollutants from dispersing.

Quoting Mr. Cai, Xinhua state news agency reported, “Open-air barbecues, garbage incineration, biomass burning, dust from roads - these acts of non-compliance with regulations are actually the result of lax supervision and weak law enforcement.”

Nearly 300,000 high-polluting old motor vehicles will be phased out, and polluting factories will be shut down. The city’s only coal-powered electricity plant will also be closed.

City authorities have also announced plans to start installing air purifiers in some schools and kindergartens, which have already been ordered to stop all outdoor activities.