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|Chinese leaders caution against urban sprawl
BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese leaders warned
here on Tuesday that urban sprawl at the expense of the environment and
excessive energy consumption was detrimental to China's modernization and
contrary to the interests of the general public.
Urban planning must be carried out in an
energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly manner and consider the
convenience of residents' daily lives, Premier Wen Jiabao stressed in a written
instruction to the 2006 China Mayors' Forum that opened here on Tuesday.
He urged local city planning departments to restrict
the size of cities to "a reasonable level" and pay attention to the needs of
Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan told the forum's opening
ceremony that measures must be taken to curb blind expansion and the waste of
land and capital resources.
"Find the rhythm of your city's development, avoid
urban sprawl and the arbitrary use of land resources," Zeng told more than 300
participants at the forum initiated by the China Mayors' Association, stressing
that a city must develop its own personality rather than simply replicate
projects seen elsewhere.
Cities should strive to outperform others in the
conservation of land, water and energy resources and in improving the
environment, he said.
Zeng warned that urban development must not be
separated from rural growth. "An important job of mayors is to facilitate
balanced development between cities and countryside, to enrich citizens and
simultaneously bring wealth to farmers."
He said that mayors must remember to create jobs for
rural laborers and defend their legitimate interests in cities.
The purpose of town planning is to ensure that cities
are convenient and comfortable places to live. To reach the goal, public
utilities and infrastructure facilities must be optimized. A more effective
emergency response system should be established to protect the interests of the
people, he said. Enditem