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Govt policy moves from past week

Mo Jingxi
Updated: Jul 28,2020 07:20 AM    China Daily

39,000 communities to undergo renovation

China plans to renovate 39,000 old residential communities in urban areas, with the move expected to benefit nearly seven million households, according to a guideline issued by the General Office of the State Council on July 20.

Older residential communities in urban areas can lack sufficient public service facilities, which makes residents eager to see them renovated.

The renovations-which are a major livelihood project-aim to meet people's needs for a better life, expand domestic demand, promote urban renewal and facilitate high-quality economic development, the guideline said.

It said the program will focus on residential communities built before 2001 and will take advice from residents and make plans in accordance with conditions in individual communities. It will also pay attention to the protection of blocks that are historically and culturally significant.

The country will form the basic institutional framework and policy system for the renovation of old urban residential areas by 2022 and strive to finish the rebuilding of all communities that need to be renovated by the end of 2025, the guideline said.

Local authorities will be required to gain a clear picture of the old residential communities under their administration and designate a pool of projects for renovation. Their renovation programs and yearly plans should be made in a scientific way, without blindly adding to the debt burden on local governments.

While governments will step up financial support for the projects, residents who benefit from the renovation and nongovernmental organizations will also be encouraged to provide money for or invest in the renovation work.

This year's Government Work Report vowed to strengthen the development of a new type of urbanization, with measures to support the installation of elevators in residential buildings and the development of dining, house cleaning and other community services.

Urbanization's potential highlighted by Cabinet

China will introduce diversified investment to support the country's construction of a new urbanization model as part of its efforts to expand domestic demand and improve people's livelihoods, an executive meeting of the State Council decided on July 22.

A statement released after the meeting, which was presided over by Premier Li Keqiang, said that promoting a new kind of urbanization that puts people first is where the greatest potential of domestic demand lies, and it will help keep the fundamentals of the economy stable.

Given the problems revealed in anti-epidemic and flood control work, the meeting required efforts to enhance the country's public health system and strengthen related infrastructure so as to improve the ability of cities to prevent and respond to major epidemics and natural disasters.

Weak links in the renovation of old residential communities, such as the lack of environmental facilities and public parking lots, should be strengthened to improve people's living standards and improve the quality of cities' development, it said.

Those at the meeting asked local governments to do more to improve transportation and garbage and sewage treatment facilities in county seats and to build housing to meet the demand of rural residents wanting to work and settle in them.

The meeting also urged greater efforts to develop labor-intensive industries so that rural residents can seek employment in places close to their homes, the statement said.