Interbasin Transfer

A green pipe dream

Sustainable growth was one of the buzzwords at the recent annual meetings of the National People's Congress and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

Thursday, 24 March, 2011, 12:00am

Drought strengthens critics of project to divert west's water

The lengthy drought that has ravaged southwestern provinces has cast further doubt on plans for a controversial canal that would divert water from the world's highest plateau to the country's parched north.

7 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Thousands in limbo over delay in giant water diversion project

Resettlement of hundreds of thousands of people remains the biggest challenge for a massive water-diversion project that aims to relieve the nation's drought-hit north, officials have admitted.

11 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

256b yuan budgeted for water cleanup plan

Beijing has budgeted more than 256 billion yuan for a gigantic cleanup of 11 pollution-plagued water bodies by 2010, but the cash will be barely enough to bring worsening degradation under control, mainland experts say.

10 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Shortage of funds delays Yangtze detour project

The project to divert the Yangtze River to quench the capital's thirst will not be finished by 2010 as originally scheduled, says Water Resources Minister Wang Shucheng .

The postponement of the central route for the South-North Water Diversion Project was mainly because of funding shortages and rising costs, Mr Wang said.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Brilliant or flawed, idea spends a long time on the drawing board

Guo Kai has grown accustomed to setbacks and scorn over his water diversion proposal. The 73-year-old even jokes that the wait has seen his hair turn grey.

But Mr Guo says he does not understand why his proposal to divert water from Tibet to the arid north has not even been granted the opportunity of a feasibility study, despite capturing the attention of top leaders.

3 May 2006 - 12:00am


I refer to the letters from Chris Wright headlined 'Pipeline a shocking waste of money', and G. Kwok headlined, 'Ill-conceived project threatens environment' (South China Morning Post, November 25 and December 3, respectively).

18 Dec 2002 - 12:00am