The Shanghai government, in its latest city planning policy document, said it will strictly control the size of population and land use in the city for better local development, the National Business Daily reported Friday. According to China’s Ministry of Land and Resources, there will be certain restrictions on land use and development for cities with populations of over 5 million. Shanghai’s population reached 23.8 million in 2012. In terms of the land used for development, the figure was 2,961 square kilometers in 2011, making up for 43.6 percent of Shanghai’s total area. Under the new planning policy, a ceiling will be set for the total area of land to be used for development for the coming ten years, the report said.
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