Beijing targets first-class city construction, management
February 16,2017 By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Feb. 16, 2017 -- Some 34 km east of Tian'anmen Square in the heart of Beijing, new premises for the municipal government are taking shape.
At the end of this year, four city departments will move to the office complex in Lucheng Town, Tongzhou District.
The move is part of wider efforts to address overcrowding, congestion and pollution in the capital, as its population exceeds 21 million.
Another major project under construction is the new international airport, 46 km south of Tian'anmen Square. Designed to relieve the strain on Beijing Capital International Airport, the 11.6 billion-U.S.-dollar airport in Daxing District will open in 2019.
The administrative complex and the airport will support the integrated development of the region covering Beijing; Tianjin, a port city 120 km southeast of Beijing; and Hebei Province.
The central authorities required that the Tongzhou complex must employ international standards while retaining Chinese characters throughout its planning, design and construction.
"The subcenter construction should adopt most advanced concepts, highest standards and best quality," said Beijing Mayor Cai Qi.
Residents must enjoy practical benefit from urban planning and development, said Lian Yuming, president of Beijing International Institute of Urban Development.
Beijing will progress with the construction of 20 subway lines or sections, spanning over 350 km in 2017. Currently, the city's subway network is among the world's busiest, with 19 lines covering 574 km, and transporting an average 10 million passengers per day.
"Beijing is becoming a world city with a convenient subway service", said Yang Guangwu, a municipal official.
With water diverted from the Yangtze River, lakes and underground water in Beijing have been supplemented and the environment has improved.
Meanwhile, Beijing has closed more than 1,000 polluting factories and transferred some plants and markets to neighboring areas.