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Yangtze Delta zone sees fast progress

Progress on the Yangtze River Delta Ecology and Greenery Integration Demonstration Zone is on a fast track in various sectors such as environment, public service and science and technology innovation, officials told a press conference yesterday.

“The development is gaining stronger momentum,” said Hua Yuan, deputy secretary general of the Shanghai government, as the two-year anniversary of the establishment of the demonstration zone was marked.

The zone covering 2,413 square kilometers includes Qingpu District in Shanghai, Wujiang District in Jiangsu Province and Jiashan County in Zhejiang Province.

Ten ecological and environmental protection projects are proceeding smoothly in the zone, according to its executive committee, of which Hua is director.

Among these, 22 kilometers of an ecological green corridor along the Taipu River have been completed and a joint “river and lake chief” mechanism has been implemented to improve the water environment and beautify river-bank landscapes in the zone.

Eight unified standards and seven unified monitoring mechanisms in ecological and environmental protection have been released and established, respectively. An interprovincial ecological and environmental protection law enforcement team has been set up.

Construction on the “Watertown Living Room” project kicked off recently.

“It shows the water ecology treatment in the zone and its construction are based on the target of ‘a practice area of high-quality green development, a display area of crossover and integrated innovation and a leading area in world-class watertown livability,’” said Hua.

Also the Yuandang River bank is undergoing ecological restoration through green and low-carbon technologies.

In public service areas, a second batch of 13 standardized service items has been released, covering health, medical treatment, and government affairs.

Digital medical insurance services in the zone have delivered interprovincial on-the-spot settlements of outpatient bills, improving the medical treatment experience of patients in Qingpu, Wujiang and Jiashan.

By the end of September, more than 16,000 people had enjoyed interprovincial settlements through digital medical insurance services.

Six interprovincial bus routes have been operated in the zone and more than 1.48 million rides had been recorded by the end of last month.

Twelve transportation projects are proceeding smoothly, covering the west extension of Metro Line 17 and connecting several interprovincial dead-end roads.

Twenty-six projects concerning people’s livelihood have been implemented.


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