The new Shanghai Disney Resort is due to open in the Spring of 2016 while more than 150 heavy polluting enterprises near its location will be closing by the end of the same year, report the Shanghai Daily.
The closures are meant to provide a better and cleaner environment for the new tourist site in Pudong, said officials.
The Shanghai Daily reports:
The Shanghai Economy and Informatization Commission said the 153 industrial enterprises involved, located on the east side of Pudong’s Shenjiang Road, are assessed as heavy polluters and heavy energy users with low efficiency. They are located in the villages of Jiebang, Qigan, Beizhuang and Wanan — some just five kilometers from the resort.
The commission was unable to directly name any of the enterprises which will be closing; however, they were able to confirm that they were all within industries such as chemical engineering, machinery, construction materials, and steel production.
This area of Pudong is not the only one closing down polluters, with Fengxian and Jinshan districts also closing many other enterprises at the end of this year.
According to a report released by the commission last week, 73 companies and factories around the city were told to shut down or move out of Shanghai in the first half of the year.
The city government is currently working on an industrial restructuring program which compensates such enterprises to relocate. It’s goal is to cut coal consumption by 40,000 tons each year.