China to move out thousands from downtown Beijing

Chinese government plans to relocate tens of thousands of downtown residents, mostly migrant labour, to city`s suburban districts to ease congestion in the area.

Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 14:15 PM IST

Beijing: Chinese government plans to relocate
tens of thousands of downtown residents, mostly migrant labour, to city`s suburban districts to ease congestion in the area.

Dou Shuling, deputy director of the Population and Family
Planning Committee of Beijing`s Xicheng District, told a media
briefing here today that 50,000 to 100,000 people in Xicheng
District are expected to be relocated.

The residents will be relocated to the city`s suburban
districts over the next five years to ease the overcrowded
situation.

There are 1.34 million people with registered permanent
residence in Xicheng District.

Dou admitted that the relocation work will proceed slowly
as many residents are reluctant to leave their homes, despite
the fact that many of the homes are in disrepair, state-run
Xinhua reported.

"The district government will conduct a survey to get the
residents` opinions on the relocation efforts. For example, we
want to know what size they desire for their next home, or how
much compensation they would consider to be fair," Dou said.

Dou said the government is encouraging residents to move
to newly-built communities in the Daxing and Changping
districts.

PTI