Binhu, a new district in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, is expected to emerge as a major engine behind the province’s economic growth, under an action plan approved on Thursday.
The municipal Party committee gave its nod to the plan at yesterday’s plenary session, setting out priorities for the city over the following five years.
The city will cover an area of 500 square kilometers and have a population of more than 5 million in 2021, the document says.
Chaohu, a county-level city, and counties of Feidong, Feixi, Changfeng and Lujiang, all under its jurisdiction, will collectively make up 35 percent of its GDP and win places among the country’s top 100. Meanwhile, major development zones will account for half of the city’s economic output.
A new urbanization system will take shape, with more than 75 percent of the population to live in urban areas.
The plan highlights Binhu as a potential engine behind the province’s development, asking the district to make up 25 percent of Hefei’s GDP by 2021. Its innovative strength, service capacity and international competitiveness will be improved.
In addition, the city will focus on a number of zones that are intended for reform experiments, ecological conservation, high-end industrial clustering and etc.
Public transport will also be bettered during the next five years. The city will have an urban public transport system consisting of subways, bus rapid transits (BRT) and common bus services. Parking lots are to enjoy facelifts too.
The plan calls for more efforts to ensure water, electricity, gas and heat supply, to renovate underground pipelines and to prevent rainwater from flooding the city.