Chimney cap installed on the roof of the National Palace

CHINA (Reuters) – A chimney-cap installation in China’s parliament has been approved by a state-controlled party, an official media outlet said on Monday, as Beijing continues to struggle to quell protests over a proposed ban on the use of chimneys to cool homes.

The National People’s Congress (NPC) approved the construction of a chimney to house a speaker’s podium, the Xinhua news agency said, without giving details.

It did not say when the building was to be completed.

A ban on construction of new chimneys and the construction or expansion of chimney shelters has been in place since April, when Beijing banned the construction and use of existing ones to cool the homes of government officials and state media.

It also imposed a moratorium on the sale and use by residents of chimnes and the installation of chimns, including in buildings used for social gatherings.

The restrictions were aimed at preventing residents from building makeshift or unsanitary homes, which they say contributes to pollution and other problems.

Chin-up construction has been prohibited in Beijing since July, but the government has not banned it outright.

The NPC approved the chimney installation in the National Peoples Congress Building, an office building used for government meetings, the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said.

It said the installation had been approved for six months and would be completed within three months.

Chimneys have been used by China’s ruling Communist Party to cool its main skyscrapers since the 1980s.

The party has also used them to create a cooling system to cool apartments and other buildings in a bid to combat the threat of extreme heatwaves and other weather disruptions.