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Stronger waterways protection urged by lawmakers

23 April 2014
The punishment for destroying China’s waterways is to be increased, according to a law drafted by the National People's Congress Standing Committee. Under the draft law, those responsible for illegal construction on the waterways could face fines of up to Rmb1m.

Xie Manying, deputy director of the waterways transportation bureau with the Ministry of Transport, said that inland waterways have shrunk from 170,000km fifty years ago to 130,000km due to a lack of protection.

Local governments often blame funding shortages for failing to maintain waterways, and it's urgent to make a law stipulating their obligations, she said.

     
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