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China to move some facilities out of capital to ease congestion and pollution

Published on Mar 27, 2014 6:13 PM
 
The China Central Television (CCTV) building is seen next to a construction site in heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, in this photo from Jan 14, 2013. China plans to move some administrative, research and healthcare facilities out of its capital to a nearby city to ease the burden on Beijing, which is often wreathed in heavy smog and choked with traffic jams, state media reported on Thursday, March 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China plans to move some administrative, research and healthcare facilities out of its capital to a nearby city to ease the burden on Beijing, which is often wreathed in heavy smog and choked with traffic jams, state media reported on Thursday.

The environment has emerged as one of Beijing's key priorities amid growing public disquiet about urban smog, dwindling and polluted water supplies and the widespread industrial contamination of farmland.

With a population of more than 21 million and more than 5 million cars on the road, Beijing's living conditions are being pushed to their limits.

A study by a Chinese government think tank released in February said that severe pollution had made the city almost uninhabitable for human beings, state media reported.

 
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