Beijing lists key projects in progress

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Beijing sent out its half-year report card of its high-quality development for 2019, with the Municipal Commission of Development and Reform announcing progress of its key projects on Tuesday.

According to the commission, Beijing listed 300 key projects for this year, including 100 infrastructure projects, 100 livelihood projects, and 100 high-tech projects. Forty-eight projects were newly launched in 2019, 20 more than last year; 19 have been completed and put into use; and six were carried out ahead of schedule.

339 kilometers of metro lines under construction

This year's key infrastructure projects include an airport, railways, expressways, rail transit, urban roads, and water affairs. Six have been completed and put into use. For instance, Beijing's first bikeway, which connects Huilongguan in Changping district with Shangdi in Haidian district, have made way for more than 260,000 cyclists in the first month. Elsewhere, Daxing International Airport Expressway have been opened to traffic, allowing passengers to travel from the South Fifth Ring Road to the new airport in just 20 minutes.

The first half of 2019 has seen breakthroughs in integrated transportation networks. The terminal system of Daxing International Airport has finished its first test flight; the railway track of the Beijing section of Beijing-Zhangjiakou railway has been laid and the new high-speed line is expected to open to traffic by the end of this year; the total length of 17 railways in construction underground amounts to 339.1 kilometers.

Seventeen water affairs projects are in progress. The South-to-North Water Diversion Project in Beijing has picked up pace, and water recycling plants and water ecological protection projects are now in construction.

24 livelihood projects

Education, medical service, old-age care, culture, sports, and environment all have to do with people's livelihood. This year's 100 livelihood projects have delivered fruitful outcomes, and 24 projects have kicked off. 

Five of the 24 are education projects, including the first phase of the construction of Renmin University of China in Tongzhou district.

Beijing's supply of subsidized housing is growing. This year, 50,000 units of subsidized rental housing have been planned, half of which were built in the first half of this year. In addition, 60,000 affordable houses will be built, 76% of which were finished in the first six months.

On the afforestation front, 185,000 mu (around 12,333.3 hectares) of land has been turned into forests, representing 80.5% of Beijing's annual goal. The increase of green spaces has delivered a strong sense of satisfaction to Beijing residents.

12 high-tech projects completed

Key projects play an important role in optimizing industrial distribution. This year's 100 high-tech projects include major R&D platforms, advanced manufacturing, service sector, and cultural tourism. The first half of 2019 has seen the launch of 17 projects and the completion and operation of 12 projects, including the integrated circuit design park in Zhongguancun and the first phase of the landscape project of Beijing International Horticulture Expo.

Progress has also been made in the construction of Zhongguancun Science City, Huairou Science City, Future Science City, and Beijing Economic-Technological Development Area (BDA)-together known as "three cities and one area." Huairou Science City has seen the launch of high energy photon source (HEPS) project and multimodal biomedical imaging facility project, as well as the completion of the main structure of integrated experimental device for extreme conditions and earth system numerical simulator.

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