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After red alert level smog, Beijing implements odd-even scheme

Beijing city has decided to implement the ‘odd-even’ scheme and suspend schools after the Chinese capital issued its first red alert this year due to heavy smog. The red alert, approved by the municipal government, is expected to be lifted by December 21 when the air quality in the city is set to improve, reported PTI.

According to the transportation administration commission, the ‘odd-even’ car restriction system determined by the final digit of a vehicle’s license plate is being implemented from Friday night while additional public transportation will be arranged with more buses running for longer.

The commission expects five lakh more trips through metro and other public transportation for the duration of the red alert.

All 44 road construction and maintenance sites have been ordered to halt work, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Older and high-polluting vehicles are strictly banned as more enforcement forces from environmental protection, transportation and urban management authorities have been dispatched to the streets for inspection.

The city’s education department also ordered all kindergartens, primary schools and private training centres to suspend classes during the red alert, and gave middle schools flexibility to cancel classes if they consider it necessary.

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