Fines for selling shoddy materials
STAFF REPORTER in Beijing
More than 20,000 shops and 720 manufacturers have been punished for selling and producing shoddy construction materials.
The State Quality and Technical Supervision Administration announced it had completed a three-month investigation into poor construction materials in a bid to force substandard products out of the market.
Many shops and manufacturers had been fined, while some had their business permits confiscated.
Inspectors seized more than 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.1 billion) worth of fake and shoddy construction materials during the investigation.
Less than 65 per cent of the materials inspected at more than 54,000 shops and markets nationwide met required state standards.
Materials inspected included cement, reinforced steel, paint and fire-fighting equipment.
Almost a quarter of the 16,000 construction sites inspected used poor materials.
The Government has stepped up efforts to weed out shoddy workmanship and corruption to prevent further deterioration of expensive infrastructure projects.
Badly built dams have burst, bridges and buildings have collapsed and highways have disintegrated.
This has proved extremely costly for local governments.