Land urbanization rate faster than population urbanization

15:58, April 11, 2011      

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The built-up area of China's domestic cities has expanded by 50 percent since the 21st century, while the urban population has only increased by 26 percent, indicating that the rate of China's land urbanization is almost twice the rate of population urbanization.

Yang Weimin, secretary general of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said this during the ongoing forum in Shanghai on the development of urbanization during the 12th Five-Year Plan period recently.

Yang said that judging from the urbanization development in the previous phase, there was a tendency toward low-density and decentralization, which resulted in overdevelopment and rapid reduction of arable land and impacted the ecological environment.

The NDRC has required related departments to reasonably determine the city development boundary to prevent the excessive expansion of the area of mega-cities, and to improve the population density of built-up areas to prevent and control urban expansion during the 12th Five-Year Plan period.

The NDRC will also study and formulate a special plan to focus on the development of urbanization.

By People's Daily Online

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