(TibetanReview.net, May23, 2015) – The local Chinese government of Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) is to invest one billion yuan this year to build pilot sites for 20 small towns as a part of its plan for further urbanizing of the region, reported China’s online Tibet news service eng.tibet.cn May 22, citing, www.xzxw.com. The report said that while the year 2015 will be the preparatory phase for the project, 2016 will see its full implementation and 2017 its completion.
The report said this will be the first provincial-level pilot sites of Tibetan-style small towns, with the sites being chosen along transport routes, rivers and borders with stable economic and social foundations as well as industrial advantages.
Based on these criteria, the report continued, there will be three small town pilot sites in Lhasa City and four in Shigatse City, including Gyirong (Tibetan: Kyirong) Town. There will be three sites in Lhoka Prefecture, three in Nyingchi (Nyingtri) Prefecture, three at Chamdo City, two in Nagqu (Nagchu) Prefecture and two in Ngari Prefecture.