BEIJING: Beijing is to dramatically increase fines for illegal advertisements, garbage dumping and other eyesores to spruce up the city ahead of the 2008 Olympics, state media reported yesterday.
Fines for unauthorised promotions such as handbill distribution and posted adverts as well as graffiti and illegal construction will increase 50-fold to 500,000 yuan (US$63,300), the China Daily reported.
Fines for illegal garbage dumping will be raised to as high as 50,000 yuan under the changes, part of proposed revisions to a city environmental and sanitation law.
Authorities are considering making major changes to the 2002 law.
“It is rare for such huge changes to occur in such a short time, which shows the city's determination to meet the rising demand for a better environment (during the Olympics),” said Meng Qiao, an environmental official with the Beijing legislature, in comments quoted by the newspaper.
The paper said a series of new food safety regulations also came into effect yesterday, including tighter certification requirements for “aquatic” products and a ban on labelling pasteurised milk as “fresh”.
Food businesses will have to “declare their kitchen garbage” to help stamp out illegal dumping.
Besides the billions they are spending on Olympic venues and infrastructure, Beijing have launched a raft of campaigns aimed at making the city more user-friendly for the international hordes expected in 2008.
These include measures aimed at reducing traffic congestion, expected bans on new building construction and public drives to encourage their sometimes gruff citizens to be more polite. – AFP