Unused Border Facilities Hampers Development in City’s Transportation System
Unused border facilities found near Longgang and Bao’an districts and at the original Shenzhen Special Economic Zone including Nanshan, Luohu, Futian and Yantian districts have all bottle necked the development in Shenzhen especially in transportation.
Seven Shenzhen deputies have jointly submitted proposals for the cancellation of border facilities. The first proposal was made by Deputy Zhang Yubiao during the 2008 session. The 84 kilometer border control line from Nantou in Nanshan to Meisha in Yantian which separates Longgang and Bao’an from the old SEZ districts by a 3 meter tall fence that was constructed in 1986 and there are nine inspection stations along the line.
The State Council approved the expansion of the Shenzhen Economic Zone in 2010 by temporarily kept the control line and have commissioned related departments in Guangdong to discuss the ways to handle the border. These control points have lost the functions but the facilities are still intact and have affected the city’s transportation and urban construction.
There are 18 trunk roads including expressways that crosses the control line and `65 bus routes going through it was well. And everyday more than 1 million vehicles and 5 million people go through the inspection stations and the checkpoints are criticized for causing traffic congestion.
Removing these facilities will not cause and property disputes since the facilities were used by the military and funded by the government.