Shenzhen municipal government has raised the minimum
compensation for demolishing private homes outside the special
economic zone, a press conference was told yesterday.
Liu Yonggen, vice director general of the land resources and
housing management bureau, said the compensation was being
increased to speed up the construction of major infrastructure
projects and to avoid conflict in residents’ relocation.
Residents should be compensated by at least the market price of
their homes being demolished for public interests, according to a
new rule released yesterday and effective today.
The new rule replaces a decade-old relocation rule, which often
undervalued the properties’ worth, especially outside the special
“Compared with the previous compensation standards, the new rule
will raise the minimum compensation for private houses outside the
special economic zone by 30 to 40 percent. The minimum compensation
for private houses inside the special economic zone will remain
largely unchanged,” said Liu.
The move is expected to help speed up major projects including
the Universiade City and new Metro lines which are mostly outside
the special economic zone.
Shenzhen has promised to build 155 kilometers of Metro lines by
2011, ahead of the Universiade, but up to now, only about 22
kilometers have been completed. Difficulty in relocating residents
is quoted as a major reason for the slow progress.
(Shenzhen Daily March 15, 2007)