Beijing bans construction to stop smog

China has unveiled ambitious plans to improve the capital's heavily polluted air in time for the Olympics, the Guardian reported on Monday, including halting construction projects and closing factories.

The director of Beijing’s Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau, Du Shaozhong, laid out a range of tough measures to cut pollution, the

report said, such as closing petrol stations and even banning spray painting.

Since March, some types of construction work have been banned on windy days. But from July, all digging and pouring of concrete on sites will be suspended for two months, he said.

About one in 10 petrol stations will be closed at the end of next month.

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