(January 13, 2012) In the Year of the Dragon, China will invest more than 64 billion yuan ($10.13 billion) in the South-North Water Diversion project to divert water to the country’s arid northern regions, pushing the total investment in the controversial scheme over the 200 billion yuan mark (more than $30 billion).
South-north water diversion completes 60% of investment, moves another 180,000 people
Based on reporting by Qiao Jinliang for The Economic Daily (edited and translated by People’s Daily Online)
BEIJING – The South-North Water Transfer Project has completed an investment of 137.6 billion yuan in total, as of late last year, accounting for 60 percent of its total approved feasible investment. It will invest another 64 billion yuan in 2012.
China says it plans to invest more than 64 billion yuan ($10 billion) this year in a project to divert water to the country’s arid northern regions.
E Jingping, the director of the South-North Water Transfer Project Office under the State Council, said that various jobs of the South-North Water Transfer Project made new breakthroughs in 2011.
About 180,000 residents of the Danjiangkou reservoir region were relocated in 2011 and 330,000 residents have been relocated in total, accounting for 96 percent of the total number 345,000.
E Jingping said that 2012 is a key year of the project’s “three-year decisive battle.” Another 64 billion yuan will be invested in engineering construction. The main subprojects of the eastern line directly connecting with the water transfer and the middle line to the north of the Yellow River will be completed, and the Tianjin trunk line will be constructed to the level of trial water transfer.
Consisting of an eastern, middle and western route, the project is designed to divert water from water-rich south China to the country’s arid northern regions. The project started with the construction of the eastern route in 2002 and the middle route in 2003. The first-stage projects on the eastern route will begin to transfer water in 2013, while that on the middle route is expected to transfer water in 2014, according to the plan. Critics have warned that the project will cause environmental damage and still not quench the thirst of China’s northern boomtowns.
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