Jia Qinglin , the new Mayor of Beijing, has promised to do '60 concrete jobs' for residents in the capital. The pledge, Mr Jia said, was made to win back the trust of the city's people. Local authorities have been hit by an embarrassing series of high-level corruption scandals over the past few years. These included the dismissal of the former Communist Party boss Chen Xitong . Mr Jia reportedly said that a mid-year evaluation would be carried out to make sure that the '60 promises' on upgrading living standards were implemented. He said such steps were crucial in the regaining of people's confidence, which had been damaged significantly since the Chen corruption scandal was uncovered. 'We should do a solid job in advancing government work this year,' Mr Jia was quoted by Xinhua (the New China News Agency) as saying yesterday. The '60 promises' were first revealed by Mr Jia at the Beijing Municipal People's Congress when he was confirmed as the mayor. They cover the building of more residential apartments and increased supply of utility services such as water, electricity, gas and heating. Other promises ranged from a cleaner environment, better social benefits, improvement in traffic control to better health care and medical assistance services. The Xinhua report said specific completion dates for some of the 'promises' as well as the names of the officials in charge of them would be announced soon to enable the public to check on progress.