Cap­i­tal’s sub­sidiary cen­ter plans for qual­ity of life

China Daily - - TOP NEWS - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­

The new sub­sidiary ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter of Bei­jing, in Tongzhou district, will have no more than 1.3 mil­lion res­i­dents by 2035, part of the mea­sures to build a small but good place for work and life, said a new plan dis­closed on Thurs­day.

The de­tailed plan, which out­lines streets and com­mu­ni­ties in the new cen­ter from 2016 to 2035, was re­leased by the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil.

By 2035, pop­u­la­tion den­sity should be lim­ited to no more than 9,000 peo­ple per square kilo­me­ter, and con­struc­tion land to 100 sq km, on the planned 155 sq km.

The new cen­ter will take over non­cap­i­tal func­tions of Bei­jing, fo­cus­ing on gov­ern­men­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion, busi­ness ser­vices and cul­tural tourism. All Bei­jing’s Party and gov­ern- ment or­gans should be moved to Tongzhou, a 40-minute drive from down­town Bei­jing. The pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions of mu­nic­i­pal depart­ments will also move there along with some schools and hos­pi­tals.

The con­cept of the sub­sidiary ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter was raised in 2012. Af­ter six years of plan­ning, de­sign and con­struc­tion, some city agen­cies, in­clud­ing the Bei­jing Of­fice for Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and Devel­op­ment, moved their of­fices to the east­ern sub­ur­ban Tongzhou in Novem­ber last year.

The new plan said qual­i­fied cor­po­rate head­quar­ters should move to the cen­ter to build an in­ter­na­tion­al­ized busi­ness district. In­sti­tutes that pro­mote in­no­va­tion should be in­tro­duced from down­town Bei­jing to the cen­ter, which should strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with the Bei­jing Eco­nomic-Tech­no­log­i­cal Devel­op­ment Area in the south­west.

The new cen­ter aims to build a world-lead­ing zone for pleas­ant liv­ing, a demon­stra­tion of co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment of Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei prov­ince, and a new land­mark for the cap­i­tal. How­ever, it should have a dif­fer­en­ti­ated role from Xion­gan New Area in He­bei and pro­mote co­or­di­nated devel­op­ment for Bei­jing.

Green space and waters will be sub­stan­tially in­creased to achieve har­monic co-ex­is­tance of wa­ter and ur­ban ar­eas, while a sys­tem should be built to con­trol wa­ter pol­lu­tion and en­sure the safety through flood con­trol fa­cil­i­ties.

Pub­lic trans­porta­tion should take pri­or­ity as the cen­ter ad­dresses “ur­ban dis­eases”, a term to de­scribe con­ges­tion and other prob­lems for megac­i­ties. A pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem will be built to con­nect the ad­min­is­tra­tive cen­ter with the down­town area.

Pub­lic ser­vices, such as ed­u­ca­tion, sports and health­care, should be ad­vanced to im­prove the res­i­dents’ qual­ity of life. The ra­tio of peo­ple be­ing em­ployed near their homes should be raised and hous­ing should be avail­able via di­verse channels, such as rentals and new sup­plies of apart­ments for pur­chase.

The new plan should be in line with the over­all plan for Bei­jing from 2016 to 2035, the doc­u­ment added.

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