(Yicai Global) Sep. 5 -- Tianjin's civil engineering projects will be suspended for six months, leading to a tight supply of new housing, online media recently reported.
In response, Tianjin Environmental Protection Bureau held an emergency press conference, saying that the downtime overlaps with construction sites' winter breaks, and the actual impact will only last two months or so.
The period from December to next February is the winter break at construction sites, when construction workers go home to celebrate Spring Festival and construction sites generally also close, the bureau said Sept. 3. Therefore, the actual impact of the city's air pollution control action on construction sites will last a mere two months or so.
The bureau rolled out a program for air pollution control in autumn and winter on Aug. 31, per which the city of Tianjin will stop all kinds of civic works, as well as housing demolition, cement mixing and pouring and other operations from October this year to next March.
Some online media interpreted this to mean the actual downtime will be six months, which will directly impact the city's supply of new houses, especially those that have not yet passed acceptance and may lead to six months of housing supply shortage in Tianjin.
From October this year to next March, Tianjin's PM2.5 average concentration will see a drop of 25 percent or more to 70 micrograms per cubic meter compared with the same period last year, per the goal the municipal government earlier proposed for air pollution control.