More than 1 million Beijing farmers to become city residents

16:49, February 24, 2011      

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More than 10,000 Beijing farmers will become city residents in 2011 and enjoy the city's benefits, Beijing Times reports on Thursday.

At present, demolition, construction, restructuring and relocation are underway in more than 50 key villages. Beijing will draw on experiences from the integration of the Big Wangjing Village and Beiwu Village to promote the urbanization in the urban and rural interface areas.

Based on preliminary estimates, around 850,000 farmers in more than 900 administrative villages around the center of Beijing or in new towns on the outskirts will become city residents. In addition, a number of small towns will be built and 1.15 million farmers are expected to be city residents during the urbanization.

It is expected that more than 1 million farmers out the 2.7 million will become city residents in the next few years.

In 2011, local urbanization will be carried out in 10 rural pilots, which means public services and infrastructure will be established and social management and ecological and living environment will be changed so farmers can enjoy the city's modern life without moving.

By Liang Jun, People's Daily Online
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