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China rolls out water diversion project; Indian experts worried
BEIJING, Oct 19 (Agencies):
Published on 19 Oct. 2009 11:18 PM IST
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China on Sunday unveiled a giant plan to relocate a vast population to make way for the south-north water diversion project. It is this project, which has caused concern with some experts saying it might affect the flow of Brahmaputra in Assam. The Indian government has said it will try to find out if Chinese authorities are building a dam in Tibet as part of the project, which would cause serious harm to the Brahmaputra. Resettlement authorities in Henan said they have drawn up a massive resettlement project involving 330,000 people living in central China's Hubei and Henan provinces to make way for the water diversion project, which cut across the whole country. The process of resettlement will be completed by 2011, sources said. Areas around the proposed Danjiangkou reservoir will be evacuated to build sluice for diverting water from the Yangtze River to meet water requirement in Beijing, Tianjin, Henan and Hebei. Government sources said people evacuated from their lands will be resettled in areas with the soil quality is good. Xichuan County in Henan, which has 185 villages, will see the resettlement of 162,000 people. Resettlement in Henan is scheduled to be completed in 2011, according to the province's resettlement authorities. The government said it has come up with preferential policies to help compensate for the relocation losses suffered by the evacuated people. Besides compensation for unmovable property like old house, each relocated family will be allotted new arable land plus an annual subsidy of 600 yuan ($88) a person for 20 years, the official media quote Duan Shiyao, deputy chief of Hubei Provincial Resettlement Bureau, as saying. This is China's second largest resettlement plan after the Three Gorges Hydro-Power Project, which involves the resettlement of 1.27 million residents.

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