Green plans for Yangtze River Delta

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  • Tuesday, 03 Dec 2019

BEIJING: The Yangtze River Delta is aiming for greener development and closer integration of its cities, as stipulated in a new government blueprint.

The National Development and Reform Commission issued a master plan for an eco-friendly, integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta yesterday.

The 2,300sq km demonstration zone – Shanghai’s Qingpu district, Suzhou’s Wujiang district in Jiangsu province and Jiaxing’s Jiashan county in Zhejiang province – sits in the middle of the delta.

Over 95% of the zone’s main water bodies should by 2025 reach the National IV standard water quality level and the Taipu River should maintain National III standard, making it fit for aquaculture or consumption.

The green coverage should reach 42% and the greenway should exceed 500km.

“The mission of this zone is to strengthen environmental protection and promote eco-friendly growth for higher-quality integrated development,” said Ma Chunlei, zone executive committee director and deputy secretary-general of Shanghai.

Qingpu district has strict environmental protection regulations and started relocating factories from the protection zone, said its governor Yu Xufeng.

Xu Mingyang, Jiashan county governor, said a 2.04 billion yuan (RM1bil) lake restoration and river-

linking project would involve the county’s 55 lakes.

Li Ming, Wujiang district governor, said Qingpu and Jiashan officers were patrolling the rivers.

Closer integration – spatial planning, cross-regional transportation, administrative approval and public service sharing – is a central point in the plan.

Unified spatial planning, conducted by Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu experts, will focus on the water system, ecology, infrastructure and transportation, cultural and tourist sites, and industrial development.

Shanghai metro line 17 will extend to connect with Suzhou metro line 10. For high-speed Shanghai-Suzhou-Huzhou, running east-west, and Nantong-Suzhou-Jiaxing-Ningbo, running north-south, railway lines will be built.

Unified systems for business registration, expertise certificate approval, credit and tax management will also be created.

To ensure that economic growth and environmental protection are coordinated, the plan encourages the development of low-environmental-impact industries.

To make better use of natural and cultural resources, the zones should promote eco-tourism, sports and health and wellness industries. — China Daily/ANN

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