The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has advised African countries grappling with illegal buildings on undesignated land to demolish them.
An official from the housing and urban rural development bureau in Fujian Province, Wen Xiaoyong, told a group of visiting Africans from Tanzania, Ghana, Malawi and Nigeria on Monday that China does not compromise on illegal construction of buildings or tolerate strange looking structures.
He told the group attending a 2016 three-week seminar on economic development and planning analysis of cities and towns for African countries that planning of urban and rural areas ensures proper use of land.
Responding to concerns that most African countries have suffered encroachment of land and erections of unplanned housing projects, Wen said while China’s planning and designing is a success story, the country also encountered similar challenges in the past, but has managed to regulate the situation.
“Just last year alone, we demolished about 50 million square metres of illegal buildings. We now have permission for locations as the legal basis for the urban and rural planning department to audit the construction project site.
“We also have a licence for construction land use that helps to prove that a given land is in accordance with the demands of urban and rural planning,” he said.
According to PRC’s Urban and Rural Planning Law, urban and rural planning promotes a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development of the economy and society as well as improve living standards of people.
Wen observed that proper implementation of existing laws to protect land accounts for 70 percent of a successful road map while the actual planning takes about 30 percent.
“Land is subjected to high level scrutiny and inspection by qualified personnel as well as high tech satellite monitoring in dealing with unscrupulous dealings,” he said.
Member of expert committee on China’s urbanisation of housing construction at Fujian Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Yan Zheng, said the country’s urbanisation has grown from 18 percent in 1978 to 54.7 percent in 2014.
He said China has 250 million workers from rural areas who have migrated to towns and cities and is expected to have another 250 million in cities in 30 years. n