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Polluted river course project at a standstill

A PROJECT to convert a polluted river course into a greenery area at Zhangyan Park was temporarily halted to take into consideration the opinions of residents in Jinshan District.

The project, with a planned investment of 6 million yuan (US$967,741), is mostly about filling in a river course and planting the area with trees, plants and flowers.

The project started in March and the renovation of the river course began in August.

Residents said the project would ruin a former private garden built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

"Filling the watercourse will completely damage the original layout of the former garden as the river course is a symbol of old towns," said Zhang Yong, a resident who lives near the park.

Zhang said residents hoped government authorities would stop the project, adding that some were even willing to donate money to reopen the river course.

"The park should be listed as a historical relic for better protection," Zhang said.

Local greenery authorities said the river course contained stagnant water that turned black and stinky and they had tried using pumps and other methods to clean it, but nothing worked.

An official from the greenery management division of the Jinshan Greenery and Public Sanitation Bureau said the plan still centers around maintaining the park's original classical garden layout.

The official said the project also involves building a beautiful pavilion and upgrading underground pipelines.


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