Public Utility

Cities are urged to open utilities to investors or face urban blight

A senior official has warned that China's cities may end up surrounded by garbage dumps and slums if urgent action is not taken to attract private investment in public utilities.

Friday, 14 February, 2003, 12:00am

Utility charge hitch criticised

About $76 million a year could have been saved if the Government had set up a system to charge public utilities for digging up roads, the report says.

It criticises the administration for slow progress in implementing an excavation permit fee scheme and a new penalty system for public utilities.

26 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

Lawmakers will be asked to back roadworks charges

Plans to charge utility companies for road digging will be tabled in the legislature for approval in February. Works that run beyond the approved period will be charged on a daily basis.

Official figures show there are about 60,000km of telephone lines, gas pipes and other utilities, buried under 1,900km of roads, which were dug up 60,000 times last year.

28 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Official admits eventual role for private sector

China will gradually open its tightly controlled urban utility sector to the private sector, according to a Ministry of Construction official.

This is the first time a mainland official has confirmed Beijing was prepared to open its urban utilities to the private sector.

For decades, urban utilities have been tightly controlled by the Government.

24 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Water utility aims for US$100m

Shenyang Public Utility Holdings will kick off its international roadshow next month in an attempt to ride a buoyant market and raise close to US$100 million from an H-share listing.

26 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Utility companies 'head for chaos'

HONG KONG utility companies are heading for 'chaos' before the end of the century as market pressures and deregulation transform the industry, predicts Andersen Consulting.

18 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

The flow of information

JONATHAN Braude's From the Corridors column often provides an irreverent and amusing perspective of the machinery of government.

Gaining entertainment from occasional and apparently unreasonable bureaucratic procedures is a valid exercise and, believe it or not, one which the majority of caring civil servants value.

24 Nov 1994 - 12:00am