Beijing mulls residential permits

March 6th, 2012 - 11:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 6 (IANS) The Beijing government is considering introducing a residential permit system to limit the city’s booming population, an official said Tuesday.

Beijing will carry out the pilot programme once the central government promulgates related policies, said Zhang Gong, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Development and Reform, and a deputy of the National People’s Congress, the top legislature.

While deliberating on the government work report at the ongoing NPC annual session, Zhang said the fast-growing population has brought pressure to Beijing and posed a challenge to the city’s management.

Though the population of 20 million are not out of control, the Beijing municipal government is studying and preparing for the implementation of the residential permit system, Xinhua quoted Zhang as saying.

He did not elaborate on how the permit system would affect the population growth.

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