Ambitious plan for Pearl River Delta

GUANGDONG Province, one of South China’s economic powerhouses, has formulated plans to build six economically powerful cities in the Pearl River Delta, expanding the urban population of the province to 70% by 2010 

According to the plan, unveiled last Friday by the Guangdong Development Planning Commission, each of the cities will house more than one million people. 

TOWERING HOMES: A woman walking past a billboard showing the outcome of a future housing development site in Beijing recently. - AFPpic

The ambitious development includes programmes on infrastructure, environmental protection, wide application of information technology, and growth of the high-tech sector in the region, one of the major manufacturing centres of electronic goods. Infrastructure construction has been targeted as the most important way to realise the plan for the delta, which accounts for one third of China’s exports. 

By 2010, expressway mileage is expected to increase to 2,200km in the delta area, from current figure of less than 1,000km.  

The power generating capacity in the delta region will reach 48.64 million kilowatts combined with an increase of 509km of natural gas pipelines. 

The output value of the high-tech sector is expected to grow by about 20% annually to 1tril yuan (RM463bil). – People's Daily  

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