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Rundown homes to go

THE city is to renovate 2.4 million square meters of dilapidated houses between now and 2012.

Ni Rong, deputy director of city's construction and traffic commission which will supervise the renovation and relocation, said: "The project is a vital part to make people's lives better."

Between 2006 and 2009, the city saw the renovation and removal of 2.86 million square meters of bad housing with about 107,000 households relocated to new apartments.

It is estimated that there were 7.4 million square meters of rundown houses downtown. Of them, some 4 million square meters will have been renovated between 2006 and the end of this year. The city government plans to finish the job by 2015.

Officials said the building of new apartments for those relocated might be a headache as land in the city was limited.

Many residents asked to be relocated near where they had lived, which posed problems.

According to a blueprint, the city would provide 300,000 new apartments for relocated people from 2008 to 2012.

Authorities are figuring out ways to improve compensation after they found that some families still could not afford to buy or rent new apartments even after being paid.


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