Beijing to deal with 'urban diseases' in 2017

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Beijing held a meeting focusing on its environment in both urban and rural areas on March 17, pledging to deal with air and water pollution, illegal construction projects and another six “urban diseases” that the city has fallen prey to.

The city will strive to limit the concentration of PM2.5 to 60 micrograms per cubic meter. To achieve this, a total of three million tons of coal use will be reduced, and more work will be done to deal with high-emitting vehicles and industrial pollution.

Beijing will also tackle its polluted water. A total of 141 rivers, ponds and polluted waters that expand 665 kilometers will be dealt with this year.

Illegal construction projects are also on the city’s agenda in 2017. Beijing plans to demolish at least 40 million square meters of illegally built projects and prevent new projects from being built.

Beijing will also beef up its efforts to deal with traffic congestion this year. A total of 30 expressways and main roads will be built and expanded, 100 congestion-related projects will be carried out, at least 90 bypasses will begin construction in the city’s downtown area, 30 kilometers of subways will be built, 40 kilometers of bus lanes will be planned and 600 kilometers of bicycle lanes will be improved.

The city will also carry out work regarding its waste disposal and renovation of its older residential communities.

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