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Figures tell Tibet's development in five years

English.news.cn   2011-01-16 17:35:50 FeedbackPrintRSS

LHASA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Tibet's regional government leader Padma Choling has said, at the local parliamentary session, that Tibet is at its best period, citing figures to review the plateau region's development over the past five years.

NEW HOMES FOR 1.43 MILLION HERDERS

Tibet launched an ambitious "new countryside" program in 2006 to improve housing conditions for farmers, herders and other low-income groups.

With a 17-billion yuan investment from the state treasury, Tibet has provided new homes for about 300,000 families with a combined population of 1.43 million.

Another 185,500 families are expected to move into new homes by 2013, with access to safe drinking water, electricity, road, telecommunication, natural gas, radio and television as well as postal services.

10.1 BILLION YUAN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Between 2006 and 2010, Tibet earmarked a total of 10.1 billion yuan to preserve the plateau ecology and environment, three times as much as in the 2001-2005 period.

Tibet established eight new nature reserves to preserve its wetlands, natural forests and pasturelands and contain desertification and soil erosion.

137.8 BILLION YUAN ON KEY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

The central government earmarked 137.8 billion yuan for 188 key infrastructure construction projects in Tibet in the 2006-2010 period. By the end of last year, 109 of these projects had been completed and the other 79 were underway.

Among the most important projects were a new railway from Lhasa to Xigaze, Gunsa Airport in the northern Ngari Prefecture, Bangda Airport of Qamdo, and a 100,000-kilowatt photovoltaic plant in Ngari.

58,000 KM OF ROAD

By the end of 2010, Tibet had finished renovating 80 percent of its state highways and built blacktop roads to 54 counties, bringing the total road mileage to 58,000 kilometers.

Meanwhile, the ongoing construction of a highway to the isolated Metok county and Tibet's first ever expressway linking Lhasa and the Gongkar Airport will shorten travel time for the Tibetans.

3,990 YUAN IN PER CAPITA NET INCOME FOR FARMERS, HERDERS

The per capita net annual income of Tibetan farmers and herders reached 3,990 yuan in 2010, nearly twice the 2005 figure.

The increase was attributed to output growth in the farming and herding industries, as well as additional earnings from tourism and other service industries.

1.7 BILLION YUAN OF FREE MEDICARE

The central and regional government spent 1.7 billion yuan to finance free medical services for Tibetan farmers and herders in the 2006-2010 period.

Over the five years, the government renovated 20 Tibetan county hospitals and sent mobile hospitals to patrol 602 villages in 74 counties.

107,800 BUSINESSES

Tibet had 107,800 firms with a combined registered capital of 50 billion yuan at the end of 2010, up 9.3 percent and 15.7 percent respectively from the previous year.

Most business owners, drawn by the sound investment environment and rosy market prospects, are optimistic in trading Tibetan specific products and services.

21.25 MILLION TOURISTS

Tibet received 21.25 million domestic and international tourists in the past five years, a 30.6 percent increase annually.

Meanwhile, the regions' tourism revenue reached 22.62 billion yuan, averaging a 30 percent rise a year.

As more sightseers are pouring in each year, the local tourism administration estimate tourist arrivals will hit 15 million in 2015.

12.6 BILLION YUAN IN FISCAL REVENUE

Tibet's local fiscal revenue reached 12.6 billion yuan in the past five years, up 188 percent from the 2001-2005 period.

7.57 BILLION YUAN OF AID

Over the past five years, Tibet received 7.57 billion yuan of aid from inland provinces and municipalities as well as government organizations, state firms and other institutions that are ready to help foster Tibet's development.

A total of 2,661 officials and professionals from the inland areas worked in Tibet for one to three years, bringing technological and management expertise.

Editor: Zhang Xiang
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