Beijing may expand pollution-cutting scheme

Beijing is ready to expand an already drastic pollution-cutting scheme by taking more cars off the roads and shutting more factories if air quality remains a problem during the Olympic Games, state media said on Monday.

Beijing authorities have cut the number cars on the road and opened new subway lines in the past week, in addition to halting some construction and suspending factory production, in a last-ditch effort to reduce air pollution when the Games open on August 8.

But the city has been plagued by hazy skies and sultry weather in the past week, raising fears that the heat and humidity common for Beijing in August may yet spoil the Games.

Skies on Monday were again thick with haze.

“More vehicles could go off the roads and all construction sites and some more factories in Beijing and its neighbouring areas could be closed temporarily if the capital’s air quality deteriorates during the Olympic Games,” the China Daily said.

Authorities might announce the “special measures” soon, the state-run newspaper said.

The city’s chronic pollution, a source of respiratory illness, has been one of the biggest worries for Games organizers, who have had to deflect international criticism over air quality and who have struggled to contain the environmental effects of China’s breakneck economic growth.

The International Olympic Committee has said it may reschedule endurance events to prevent a potential health risk.

Beijing had not experienced a “blue sky day”, when the air pollution index stays below the national standard for “good air quality”, in four days.

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