Anti-pollution plan gets mixed reviews

Updated: 2013-01-21 07:18

By Cao Yin and Zheng Xin (China Daily)

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"It makes sense that the government appeal to the public to use public transportation on serious polluting days, but mandatory measures are simply beyond all reason," the 36-year-old said.

"You can reward those with cars when they use public transportation, rather than punish those who drive when they have to."

In addition to harsh restrictions on vehicles, the draft also threatens to fine street barbecue vendors 5,000 yuan if they continue working on bad air days.

Liu Xiaohang, who lives in a community with many restaurants and outdoor barbecues in Chaoyang district, said he does not think the punishment can solve the problem.

"In summer, many sidewalk snack stall owners develop their businesses around my home, which were very dirty and polluted the air. But they were not banned under current regulations, let alone a new one," the 25-year-old said.

"What I am most concerned about is the enforcement. If the draft is passed but without enforcement, it still will not work."

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