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Development focus shifts to city's fringes

THE Shanghai government will shift its construction focus to the city's outskirts to lay a solid foundation for balanced development between urban and rural areas.

The city's top economic planner is drafting guidelines to advance the construction of key towns. In particular, the city will hasten the development of Nanqiao and Qingpu new towns in the next five years alongside Jiading, Songjiang and Lingang.

"The rapid extension of the city's subway system has created preferential conditions for the development of the fringe areas," the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission said in a reply to the proposal from members of the city committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The general blueprints for Nanqiao, Qingpu and Jiading have been completed or fine-tuned recently. They will house an estimated 800,000 to 1 million people, said the commission.

The city government will increase financial support for the construction of infrastructure on the city's fringes.

Five new hospitals will be built while another three hospitals will be upgraded, officials said.


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