Drinking water will be safe for rural residents in South China's
Guangdong Province by the end of 2010 after the provincial
government announced it will spend 11 billion yuan (US$1.36
billion) to clean it up.
According to the province's 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-10),
Guangdong's program will make safe drinking water available to
22.08 million people who at present are not adequately supplied
The figure accounts for 40.88 percent of the total rural
They are either suffering from the substandard quality of
drinking water, an insufficient supply, inconvenience in getting
access to the water or limited water resources.
In his report to the deputies of the provincial people's
congress earlier this week, Zhong Yangsheng, vice governor of the
province, said that Guangdong plans to work on 23 water-related
projects in the next five years and that the total capital input
for the water-related projects will be 38 billion yuan (US$4.69
He said that the province will pool investments of 1.1 trillion
yuan (US$135.64 billion) for 223 massive projects during the
He said that an investment of 383 billion yuan (US$47.23
billion) will go to 63 traffic-related projects, aiming to increase
expressways by 2,000 kilometers, express railways by more than
1,100 kilometers, other inter-city track transportation network by
270 kilometers; and metro service by 262 kilometers.
And the province will pour about 245 billion yuan (US$30.21
billion) for 23 massive energy-related projects during the
Nuclear power projects, including the second phase of the
Ling'ao Nuclear Power Plant and the first phase of Yangjiang
Nuclear Power Plant, will be among the key ones.
The province aims to add 24,280 kilometers to the power grid and
increase the power transformation capacity by 113.6 million
kilovolt-amperes and the annual LNG (liquefied natural gas) supply
capacity by 8 million tons.
Twenty-three other projects related to public platforms for
high-tech research and development will also be set up during the
period, and the total capital input will reach 38 billion yuan
Other gigantic projects under the province's plan include 14
modern heavy and chemical industries, which will entail a capital
input of about 263 billion yuan (US$32.43 billion) in the five
years; 19 tertiary industrial projects, involving a capital input
of about 24 billion yuan (US$2.96 billion); 10 rural projects,
involving about 29 billion yuan (US$3.58 billion); 18 environmental
protection projects, involving 47 billion yuan (US$5.8 billion); 21
cultural projects, involving about 71 billion yuan (US$8.75
billion); and 19 safety protection projects, involving about 10
billion yuan (US$1.23 billion).
(China Daily December 2, 2005)