This comes from a reply from Wuhan development and Reform Commission.
Recently, the Wuhan development and Reform Commission made a reply to the proposal No. 20200607 of the third session of the 12th CPPCC of Hubei Province, which mentioned that the incorporation of Ezhou into Wuhan is a major national administrative division adjustment.
027 has been activated in Ezhou municipal government office
The rumor that Ezhou was merged into Wuhan is not groundless.
Geographically, the two cities have a strong affinity.
Ezhou, a prefecture level city under the jurisdiction of Hubei Province, is located in the east of Hubei Province, the South Bank of the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, and adjacent to the southeast of Wuhan.
In 2002, the concept of Wuhan city circle came into being, also known as 1 + 8 urban circle of Wuhan, with Wuhan as the center, covering 8 large and medium-sized cities around Huangshi, Ezhou, Huanggang, Xiaogan, Xianning, Xiantao, Tianmen and Qianjiang.
On December 14, 2007, Wuhan Urban Agglomeration and Changsha Zhuzhou Xiangtan Urban Agglomeration were approved as the national comprehensive reform pilot area of resource-saving and environment-friendly society construction.
Since then, the communication between cities in Ezhou and other 1 + 8 urban circles has become more and more close.
At the end of that year, the market access of Wuhan East Lake Development Zone and Hubei Gedian Development Zone was integrated, and enterprises in Ezhou Gedian Development Zone could apply for the title of Wuhan.
At the same time, enterprises with the original name of Wuhan in Wuhan East Lake Development Zone are allowed to move to Gedian Development Zone without changing the company name.
In recent years, although there is no substantial breakthrough in the merger of Wu and E, the integration of the two cities is constantly advancing.
In January 2019, the seventh plenary session of the seventh session of Ezhou municipal Party committee and the citys economic work conference put forward the strategy of three cities and one transformation including coordinated development of Wuhan and Hubei.
In February of the same year, Wang Li, Secretary of the CPC Committee of Ezhou City, and Liu Haijun, mayor of Ezhou City, led a team to Donghu high tech Zone in Wuhan to discuss the coordinated development of industries in the two places.
At that time, Wang Li said that Ezhou is an important ecological barrier in Wuhan city circle, and Ezhou should actively connect, serve and actively integrate into Wuhan.
Since June 1 this year, the new fixed line telephone number has been officially opened in the office phones of Ezhou municipal government office, and the area code has been changed from 0711 to 027.
With the promotion of communication integration and other measures, the two places are becoming more and more close.
Big Wuhan really needs a small Ezhou
In recent years, the competition among the major domestic central cities is fierce, and the competition of new first tier cities is very tight.
In 2019, Wuhans GDP will reach 622.321 billion yuan, an increase of 7.4% over the previous year.
This achievement is eighth in mainland cities.
Last year, Chengdu ranked ahead of Wuhan. Chengdus GDP is 1701.265 billion yuan, less than 100 billion yuan more than Wuhan; after Wuhan is Hangzhou. Hangzhous GDP is 1537.305 billion yuan, nearly 100 billion yuan less than that of Wuhan.
With the help of Ezhou, Wuhans GDP will exceed that of Chengdu, which should be relatively stable. In this way, Wuhan is expected to become the largest provincial capital city in the central and western regions (except Chongqing as a municipality directly under the central government).
Wuhan, once known as great Wuhan, in recent years, in the competition pattern of the expansion of provincial capital cities, first of all, in terms of geographical area, it can not be called big.
For example, the area of Chengdu is 14000 square kilometers, Hangzhou is 16000 square kilometers, and Wuhan is less than 10000 square kilometers, only 8494 square kilometers.
Ezhou covers an area of 1594 square kilometers. If Ezhou is incorporated into it, the total area of Wuhan will be only 10000 square kilometers, slightly above that.
Population is the fundamental driving force of urban development. In the aging trend, the labor force is the core competitiveness of the city.
Source: Beijing News
In 2019, the permanent resident population of Wuhan is 11.212 million, while Chengdu has reached 16.581 million and Hangzhou has reached 10.36 million, close to Wuhan.
It is worth noting that Hangzhou is a big city with net population inflow in recent years. In 2019, Hangzhou will add 554000 permanent residents. Hangzhou has officially entered a city with a population of 10 million.
By the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Ezhou has a permanent population of 1059700, and the population size is not large. Therefore, even if Ezhou is merged into Wuhan, it will not bring great population increment to Wuhan in the short term.
Although it is a city, it has a small population. However, Ezhou also has its own advantages.
Ezhou has convenient transportation and obvious location advantages. It is particularly worth mentioning that in recent years, the construction of freight airport in Ezhou has attracted much attention from the outside world.
All the way east to Shunfeng. In recent years, this advertisement word appears frequently in Wuhan East Lake high tech Zone.
Shunfeng refers to Ezhou airport jointly invested and constructed by Shunfeng group, a leading logistics enterprise, and Hubei provincial government. It will be the first dedicated freight hub in Asia and the fourth in the world, and is expected to be put into operation in 2021.
In addition, Ezhou is adjacent to the optical valley area in the east of Wuhan, which is an important base to undertake its scientific and technological innovation and industrial transformation. In recent years, leading enterprises in Wuhan have established modern manufacturing bases in Gedian, Ezhou. A number of high-tech enterprises, such as Huawei, Changjiang storage and csot, have taken root here and have a good development momentum.
Wuhan is bigger and stronger Optical Valley, Ezhou is the natural rear base.
Ezhou is known as the first choice area for Wuhans eastward expansion, which has sufficient reasons.
Wuhans expansion under the background of strong provincial capital
In recent years, the strategy of strengthening the provincial capital has attracted much attention, and the urban expansion seems to be a trend. In this context, the topic of Wuhans expansion is not abrupt.
In April, the national development and Reform Commission issued the key tasks of new urbanization construction and urban-rural integration development in 2020, which mentioned that the energy level and core competitiveness of central cities should be improved. We will optimize the development of central cities such as municipalities directly under the central government, provincial capital cities, cities with separate plans and important node cities, strengthen the guarantee of land use and other elements, and optimize the distribution of major productive forces. We will improve the scale structure and jurisdiction of some central cities, and solve the problem of insufficient development space.
The latest examples of the expansion of provincial capitals are Chengdu and Changchun.
On June 19, Sichuan issued the reply on Approving the revocation of Xinjin County and the establishment of Xinjin District of Chengdu, which agreed to cancel Xinjin County, merge into Chengdu and establish Xinjin District of Chengdu.
In the same month, Jilin released said that with the approval of the State Council, Gongzhuling City at the county level, which was originally managed by Siping City, was changed to Changchun City.
In recent years, Chengdu (Jianyang), Jinan (combined Laiwu) and Changchun (the main mountain of the public administration) have adjusted the administrative divisions, and many provincial capitals have expanded their capacity.
On August 26, the meeting of the Standing Committee of Hubei provincial Party Committee stressed that it is necessary to keep close to the two key words of integration and high quality, do a good job in regional development, and promote the coordinated and high-quality development of the whole region with the construction of central cities, urban agglomerations and urban belts, and strive to improve the integrated development level and overall strength of Wuhan city circle, and give better play to Wuhan as the leader, xiangshisui and yijingjing urban agglomerations The leading radiation function of the two wings.
The expansion of provincial capital cities, in addition to the increase of visible area, population and urban scale, may also bring about the improvement of administrative efficiency and urban influence.
For the expansion of the provincial capital city, some people worry that it will produce a siphon effect on the resources in the province and occupy the development space of other prefecture level cities. However, from the expansion practice of Chengdu and other cities in recent years, the siphon effect may be produced to a certain extent, but the merged cities and surrounding areas may enjoy the spillover effect brought about by a bigger and stronger province. It is particularly important to strengthen the leading role of the provincial capital and other central cities, especially at the moment when the urban circle and urban agglomeration lead the regional economic development. It may take time for Ezhou to merge into Wuhan, but it is urgent to make Wuhan city circle bigger and stronger. This is also an important reason for the heated discussion on such topics as the merger of Wu and E. Ke Rui (chief researcher of the Research Institute of smart city of Beijing News) source: responsible editor of Beijing News: Chen Hequn_ NB12679
It is particularly important to strengthen the leading role of the provincial capital and other central cities, especially at the moment when the urban circle and urban agglomeration lead the regional economic development.
It may take time for Ezhou to merge into Wuhan, but it is urgent to make Wuhan city circle bigger and stronger.
This is also an important reason for the heated discussion on such topics as the merger of Wu and E.