District leaders from the inner city of shanghai also

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Chen Danqing to Qingpu to share their technical expertise. District leaders from the inner city of Shanghai also share their ideas with the initiative since they are knowledgeable, experienced and have world-wide perspectives. Some notable results and impacts have been realized. The pipeline systems such as plumbing, fire prevention, telecommunications, and natural gas supply, in the 0.68 km2 historical reserve have been improved. The project has stopped sanitary sewage from being directly drained into rivers, and run the pipelines underground. In 2007, the
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sanitary sewage handling rate in the new city of Qingpu was up to 78%, improved by more than double to 2000. By the end of 2007, the green coverage rate was up to 31%, which was 1.5 times more than that of 2003. With the construction of waste treatment system, a modernized plant will be in use by the end of 2008. New Qingpu Practice has developed comfortable ecological public green-lands for the local residents, in downtown areas and areas along the streets and rivers. Further, the requirements of 500 meters public green land in radius have been accomplished. Specific areas have been earmarked for tree planting. In achieving the goal of “a vigorous and lively ancient town”, 53 factories and enterprises have been removed from the ancient town to expand the cultural atmosphere and reduce commercial spaces. Additionally, ancient buildings for active preservation and careful utilization for recreation, exhibition and living have been purchased. The new city of Qingpu has already become one of the best areas in Shanghai, both in air quality and surface water quality. As a suburban new city, it possesses the native culture and charms and has got sound achievements, such as “Shanghai Garden Urban Area”, “National Sanitary District”, “The Model Prize of China Habitat Environment”, among others. Zhujiajiao Ancient Town has won the titles of “China’s Famous Historical and Cultural Town” and “One of the top 50 places in China that foreigners favor”, “Qingpu Practice” has been lauded, both at home and abroad. With the improvements in the city environment, the completion of the infrastructure, and more employment opportunities, the local residents’ sense of pride and belonging is strengthened. Furthermore, the suburb new city has attracted a number of urban residents to move in. Sustainability of the initiative has been catered for in various fronts. Financial: The improved investment opportunities have resulted in a large number of foreign and private investments. The fiscal revenues of local government have maintained a steady growth of 15% annually. The partner state-owned companies are financially stable, and keep a healthy balance between the investment and production. Socio-economic: With the enormous entry of industrial projects, employment opportunities are increasing.
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