Bei­jing to launch next phase of sub­cen­ter con­struc­tion

China Daily - - CHINA - By XIN WEN xin­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing plans to launch the sec­ond phase of sub­cen­ter con­struc­tion in its eastern Tongzhou dis­trict and build a com­pre­hen­sive trans­porta­tion hub, as soon as key mu­nic­i­pal or­gans move to new of­fices in the sub­cen­ter, a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Mon­day.

The cap­i­tal aims to de­sign and build a high-qual­ity sub­cen­ter that is eco-friendly, Bei­jing Mayor Chen Jin­ing said dur­ing the 15th Bei­jing’s Peo­ple Con­gress.

“Land­scape projects will be thor­oughly car­ried out in Tongzhou dis­trict to im­prove the canal busi­ness zone,” he said.

He said a num­ber of pub­lic-ser­vice projects, in­clud­ing the sub­cen­ter theater, li­braries and mu­se­ums, will start con­struc­tion and the old town in Tongzhou dis­trict will con­duct eco­log­i­cal restora­tion to pro­tect its en­vi­ron­ment and com­plete ur­ban re­pairs.

Plan­ning and con­struc­tion in ar­eas along the bor­der of Bei­jing and Lang­fang, He­bei prov­ince, will go for­ward as part of the co­or­di­nated de­vel­op­ment of the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei re­gion, he said.

Con­struc­tion of the first phase of the sub­cen­ter is mak­ing steady progress, said Tan Xux­i­ang, direc­tor of the city’s de­vel­op­ment and re­form com­mis­sion.

“We are work­ing on 235 ma­jor projects in 2019 with 136 cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion,” he said. “A to­tal of 75 bil­lion yuan ($11 bil­lion) has been in­vested.”

Zhao Lei, direc­tor of Tongzhou dis­trict and a deputy to the con­gress, said the dis­trict had com­pleted 19 projects this year and that the green space and wa­ter ar­eas of the sub­cen­ter will be sub­stan­tially in­creased to achieve har­monic co­ex­is­tence in the ur­ban ar­eas.

By 2035, the green space of the city’s sub­cen­ter will reach 41 square kilo­me­ters, Zhao said.

A sys­tem to con­trol wa­ter pol­lu­tion and flood­ing is also ex­pected to be built in the sub­cen­ter.

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