Urbanization programming maybe issued this year
An intensive urbanization survey is being done by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the People's Republic of China (MOHURD). It is reported that at the second half of June, many panels of MOHURD went to the east, middle and west of China to do surveys on urbanization. On June 19th, Li Xiaolong, deputy inspector of Urban-Rual Planning Department, and Li Xiaojiang, dean of China Academy of Urban Planning went to Weifang, a city of Shandong province to do a research on urbanization. On June 20th, deputy dean of China Academy of Urban Planning led a panel to Tianshui, Gansu province to do a survey on urbanization too. It is reported that the conferences on urbanization which has been put off for a time will be held this year. Details on urbanization will be issued too. Urbanization is long term development strategy of China. Researches and surveys are being done at different places. MOHURD is a primary department to make surveys on urbanization. On June 21st and 22nd, Sun Anjun, deputy director of Urban-Rual Planning Department led a group to Zhoukou, Henan province to make a survey on local urbanization. According to the local officers, the urbanization process is very fast in recent years. After the introduction of local officers, the panel raised many suggestions and advices. Many problems were under discussion, especially the usage of collective land. On June 20th, deputy dean of China Academy of Urban Planning went to Gangu county, Gansu province. The panel made a detailed search on the local situations. Though Gangu county is a poor county at the west of China, it has a rich historic background and fine traffic condition. The county has fine industry structures. The panel thought that the urbanization of the county was practical.
According to the analyses of Chen Huai, an ex-director of MOHUR, the urbanization of China is not only constructing towns and cities. The urbanization should cooperate with the process of reformation. Urbanization should break the old systems and realize modernization. Big, middle and small cities should develop together and harmoniously. A relevant people told the reporter that from the survey track of MOHURD, we could see that the perspective of the ministry was to comprehend the differences of different places. Weifang and Zhoukou are third tier cities. Third tier cities have more farmers and the number of third tier cities is more than first and second tier cities. All over the country are encomiastic about urbanization. The surveys of MOHURD are to comprehend the factual situations. Only by knowing the factual situations, can the reasonable polices and plans be formulated. The first problem of urbanization is to make a long term programming. Li Tie, a director of MOHURD says that the urbanization is not attracting investment. It is a kind of reformation.
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