Beijing worries over booming population

July 19th, 2011 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 19 (IANS) China’s think tanks have called for stricter steps to be taken to control the capital’s booming population.

The population pressures were likely to become stronger in the next 20 years, the China Daily Tuesday quoted them as saying.

Since 2000, Beijing’s population has risen by 700,000 residents a year on average.

This is putting strains on the economic, social and environmental resources of Beijing, a report said.

About 61.5 percent of Beijing residents live in six districts in the city’s center, where the population density is at 7,837 people for each sq km.

Beijing’s population density has surpassed London’s - at 5,437 people for each sq km - and Tokyo’s - at 5,984 people for each sq km.

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