China begins massive relocation programme
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.