China begins massive relocation programme
Published 13/08/2010 | 05:00
CHINA has launched its biggest relocation programme since the Three Gorges Dam, with 330,000 residents set to be moved to new homes to make way for a water project that will serve thirsty Beijing.
The first group of 499 villagers was moved this week in central China's Hubei province and a total of 60,000 people were to be relocated by September 30, the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. The rest will be moved by 2014, it said.
The South-North Water Diversion Project will siphon water from the Yangtze River to serve drought-prone north China cities such as Beijing and Tianjin.
Danjiangkou city in Hubei is to eventually be submerged under 170 meters of water.