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Chinese citizens voice suggestions on new demolition rule

12-19-2010 17:30 BJT

By Xinhua Writers Bai Xu and Yu Jia

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The young man was not sure if his father would still be alive, selling bean curd s and decorating the house for the son' s wedding, had the new home demolition regulation been decreed earlier.

Nor did he know whether the regulation would make a change in the future for tens of thousands of people who might lose their houses to bulldozers.

But Meng Jianwei from north China' s Shanxi Province, whose father died in a forced demolition in October, hailed the regulation a s a "leap forward" .

A new "regulation on the requisition and compensation of properties on state-owned land" is soliciting public opinions from December 15 to 30.

This is the second time for the regulation to solicit public opinion.It took the government three years to draft the regulation. The first time to solicit opinion from the public was this past January, with 65,601 suggestions received and discussion meetings held.

" This is the first time for the State Council Legislative Affairs Office to publish an updated draft for a second round of public opinion soliciting, " said Shen Kui, vice director of the Law School of the Beijing University.

According to the new version, the use of violence, threats and other unlawful efforts forcing residents to move were banned. The outlawed types of pressure included cutting off water, power supplies and roads.

If the residents and the government could not reach a consensus on compensation, they should let the court make the final judgment , according to the new regulation.

The draft also said that compensation should not be lower than the market price and the evaluation of the house should be done by a third party. The residents have the right to choose the qualified institution for the evaluation.

The draft has triggered heated debate.

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