On days of heavy smog, the government will halve the number of vehicles allowed on roads by restricting licence plate numbers, limiting construction and manufacturing activities, closing schools for the day, and postponing large-scale outdoor activities, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The regions of Beijing, Hebei and Tianjin have been identified as key targets of a programme to reduce emissions from industries including steel, thermal power and cement.
A pollution watchdog found last month that an estimated one third of the pollution in Beijing comes from outside the city.
Tianjin banned new construction of steel and cement plants last month, following similar policies in Hebei province and Beijing, and the ban is in line with a government plan last year to restrict new manufacturing in key industrial centres.
Recent public anger over pollution has sparked protests and the government has vowed to address the environmental agenda.
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