The State Council is considering new laws and regulations to fight corruption linked to the South-North Water Transfer Project. 'Without some specific law, the project's construction could become a mess,' Mr Du said at the conference. He said the new laws would specify the illegal activities with the corresponding penalties, although he did not say when these would be ready. Mr Du said the State Council would set up an independent body to scrutinise building contracts, public bidding and water-sale agreements. Meanwhile, the commission has established a special audit bureau. Mr Du also said he welcomed public supervision, but failed to elaborate. Massive public works projects on the mainland are notorious for corruption because of a lack of transparency and back-room deals between developers and bidders. But Mr Du said the government was developing a series of checks and balances to minimise the risk of graft in the water project.