[photopress:satelittechina.jpg,full,alignright]To crack down on illegal land use the government has to use every weapon it its armory. Beijing has announced it will use three satellites to monitor land use as part of a crackdown on illegal real estate development activities. That seems a splendid idea and should be strongly supported by all.
Beijing News reported on Saturday, quoting An Jiasheng, director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Land and Resources, that Beijing will investigate and prosecute major cases of illegal use of land, especially those that violate government plans or national industrial policies and those that infringe on farmers’ legitimate rights.
Satellite remote sensing technologies can discover illegal use of land and discovery leads to proevntion.
Beijing News, quoting the municipal government, said, land use regulations in Beijing have been ignored by unscrupulous profiteers.
The Ministry of Land and Resources said that local governments must not approve more land for construction next year than they did this year. It said, ‘The principle is to strengthen macro-economic control and use land resources economically’. Localities must make use of land ‘scientifically and rationally’ to protect farmland and land for other agricultural purposes.
The Ministry’s Planning Department warned local governments against rushing through land use approvals in the final three months of the year. Shanghai Daily
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