By Tenzin Monlam
DHARAMSHALA, August 10: The Chinese government has announced its decision to limit the number of permanent residents of Lhasa, the provincial capital of so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), to 500,000 by 2020.
However, there is no mention of the percentage of the Han Chinese and Tibetans ethnic in the plan to limit the population of the city. The officials claim the move would be beneficial for the local residents in terms of excessing basic public services and social welfare schemes.
According to the State Council, the population should not exceed 500,000 in the city centers and urban land should not exceed 78 square kilometers.
“Lhasa’s urban population growth should be in line with its economic development. The plan will allow more local residents to fully enjoy the city's basic public services and social welfare," said Ma Li, counselor of the State Council.
The plan also forbids any development of new areas and districts outside the regulated land plan.
As per the statistics on Chinese National Bureau of Statistics website tjcn.org, in 2015, Lhasa had a registered population of 530,300 with Tibetan ethnic group accounting for 91.83 percent of the total population.
The plan, supposedly aimed at promoting social stability in the region, also focuses on education, healthcare and municipal administration, with a special focus on affordable housing projects, according to the government.