Relocation plan nears completion

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 April, 2003, 12:00am

Officials have promised that the last of the 200,000 people forced to leave their homes to make way for the Xiaolangdi dam on the Yellow River will be moved by the end of June.

The China Daily said the last group of 4,586 residents in Henan and Shanxi provinces was scheduled to be relocated within the next few months.

The move would mark the end of an 11-year programme to resettle people displaced by the massive flood-control dam.

Completed in 2001, the Xiaolangdi dam is the largest flood-control project on the Yellow River. The project cost 35 billion yuan (HK$33 billion), nine billion yuan of which was a World Bank loan.

To provide for the new homes and facilities needed for residents displaced by the dam, the central government has earmarked 8.67 billion yuan, the highest per capita amount allocated to a water resources relocation project in China so far.