(December 11, 2008) China has postponed completion of its multi-billion dollar water transfer scheme to bring water from the Yangtze river to Beijing, citing water pollution and other environmental risks as the reason for pushing the completion date back four years, official media reported last week.
Much of the 1.96 billion yuan (HK$1.82 billion) that was earmarked to resettle families displaced by the Three Gorges Dam but was embezzled or misused has been recovered, auditors say.
‘All we want is for the policies of the central government to be enforced, so that we can be resettled properly and start rebuilding our lives,’ migrants write in a petition recently obtained by Three Gorges Probe.
(November 19, 2007) An article in the New York Times detailing the criticisms of the Three Gorges dam and the resettlement issues and environmental costs facing the government as the project nears completion.
After relocating 1 million residents in the Three Gorges area, Chongqing is set to urbanize some 10 million rural migrants over the next decade.
Many residents of Hubei province plan to gather at the Zigui county government building tomorrow to denounce corruption among local officials.
‘I will never regret
what I have done,’ says Fu Xiancai, who has begun receiving treatment
in Beijing at one of the country’s best rehabilitation centres
Leading researcher Chen Guojie identifies factors that have left millions of people who have been displaced by dams in China more deeply impoverished than before their relocation.
(September 14, 2006) Construction of the Henan province section of the central route of China’s south-north water diversion project will kick off by the end of September, Xinhua reports.
(May 21, 2006) The Sunday Times reports on protests against resettlement policies in China, where 1.3 million people were pushed off their land to make way for the Three Gorges Dam.
(March 11, 2004) People displaced by a dam in Hebei province sought the help of a Beijing lawyer to present a petition to the National People’s Congress. The lawyer, who has been forced into hiding, has written a dramatic on-line account of what happened next.
Leading hydrologist Lu Qinkan has submitted a third petition to top authorities in Beijing, endorsed by 42 other Chinese experts, raising the alarm about three potentially disastrous problems related to the Three Gorges dam.
(May 30, 2002) Wen Jiabao has stressed the importance of water conservation in tackling the looming environmental crisis in parched north China, while also voicing support for the controversial south-north water-diversion scheme.