The country will strengthen its governance of large-scale public construction
projects to avoid "prestige projects" that are often blamed to be a waste of
A statement, issued jointly by the Ministries of Construction, Finance and
Supervision; the National Development and Reform Commission and the National
Audit Office yesterday, said the number, scale and standards of large public
projects should be in accord with national and regional economic development.
Large-scale public construction generally means buildings for public use,
such as offices and commercial and educational establishments, spread over more
than 20,000 square meters.
The move is one of the country's latest measures to curb relentless illegal
land acquisition and to protect its diminishing arable land.
"Some local governments, brushing aside the national status quo and their own
economic strength, are keen on building some unrealistic large-scale prestige
projects, which take up excessive land," the statement said.
It urged local governments to give up the blind pursuit of "externality" in
projects, and instead to pay attention to historical and cultural
characteristics in large-scale public projects.
In a related development, the Ministry of Construction rescinded a draft on
building houses over 90 square meters, just a day after it was posted on its
website on Tuesday to solicit opinions, the Chinese media reported.
The draft, taking climatic factors and the number of storeys into
consideration, had given different standards for the construction of houses over
not more than 90 square meters in different regions of the country.
(China Daily 01/12/2007 page4)