[photopress:Construction.gif,full,alignright]Noisy construction work is everywhere in China’s big cities. You can’t miss it, open a window and the drilling, crashing and banging of the new apartment block being built next door flows uninvited and unapologizing into your living room. Even on a Sunday morning. At 7am.
But now you may be able to enjoy early morning hours of peace and quiet as Beijing imposes new rules on construction companies. They are not allowed to work between 10pm to 8am or during middle-school or college-entrance exam days, and if they do, they will be fined up to US$25,000, seven times the current penalty.
Property management firms will also be fined up to US$12,500 if a building’s heating or air conditioning systems do not meet the required noise standards.
As building work increases at a crazily fast pace in the capital, Beijing residents are lodging more and more complaints about the noise pollution coming from construction sites.
Wang Xiongjun, a resident in Beijing’s Haidian district, who suffers from insomnia due to housing construction in his local area, told the China Daily, “It will help reduce the increasing noise pollution in our daily lives.” He suggested the government and real estate developers use noise-reduction materials in public and residential projects.
Source: China Daily