Smog insurance introduced in China
21 Mar, 2014 02:02 PM
A Chinese insurer is offering smog insurance to travelers visiting six heavily-polluted cities in China during extremely hazy days.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co is jointly offering the policy along with online travel agency, Ctrip International. It would be available to tourists, who book packaged tours for three and seven days through the travel firm.

The insurer is initially offering insurance to travelers visiting six cities -- Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Chengdu and Harbin. It has promised to announce a second batch of cities eligible for insurance cover soon.

The compensation would be offered on the basis of air quality index, information regarding which would be disseminated through mobile phones.

It would be given to tourists in Xi'an and Beijing if they suffer two consecutive days of the air pollution index exceeding 200. The standard is 150 for Harbin and Chengdu and 100 for Guangzhou and Shanghai.

This is the latest in a series of responses to choking pollution in Chinese cities. Earlier, Panasonic offered smog compensation to its workers. New devices and air filters have hit markets and certain schools are offering tuitions through the Internet during hazy days to deal with the problem.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has declared a "war on pollution" amid reports that a lot of foreign expatriates were leaving the country because of heavy air pollution.

Only three of China's 74 major cities meet the national standards related to air pollution. Two of these cities are islands suggesting almost all inland cities are facing heavy pollution.
Source : The Times Of India

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