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Water diversion project to be operational in 2013

8 February 2012
The eastern route of China’s massive south-to-north water diversion project will start supplying water in 2013, Sun Yifu, deputy water resources chief in Shandong province, told Xinhua.

“About Rmb6bn will be spent to complete civil construction in Shandong province before the end of this year, so as to ensure the entire project becomes operational in the first half of 2013,” said Mr Sun, who also heads the provincial construction management bureau of the south-to-north water diversion project.

Three routes make up the water diversion project − the eastern, middle and western routes. Combined, they are designed to divert 44.8bn cubic metres of water annually from the Yangtze to relieve water shortages in north China by 2050.

Shandong has been building part of the 1,467km eastern route since 2002. The central route, the construction of which began in 2003, is due to be operational in 2014. Construction has not begun on the highly controversial, western route.

     
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