Beijing, November 27: A man in China has proposed the government a bizarre plan involving 1.5 million people with hand-held fans to tackle the Beijing’s smog, a media report said on Monday.

The man with the crazy idea also filed an application with State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) in March hoping of turning his plan into reality, Chinese Media reported.

The man identified as Du and according to his calculations, the plan could move more than trillion cubic metres of air over the distance of a metre, enough to disperse Beijing of its smog.

Du argues that all it would take around 1.5 million residents fanning at the same time in one direction for an hour. He touted the method as a low-cost, effective solution to China’s smog problem which has become one of the biggest reasons for road accident, the Global Times reported.

However, it seems unlikely that DU will have his day.

An SIPO official said that the application was in the initial stages and not under “essential review,” which could take up to 18 months.

Most applications do not make it past this stage, the official said.

“If the applicant does not submit a review request within three years, the application will be withdrawn.

(With input from agencies)