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Clean-up work starts on city rivers

SHANGHAI can expect to see clean rivers flowing throungh the downtown areas as the local authorities today announced a timetable for the clean-up project of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek by the end of this year.

Involving dredging and treating the silt to purge the chemical pollutants, the project will also try to make use of the treated silt, said the city's construction authorities responsible for the clean-up.

By end of this year, the clean-up at the upstreams of the Huangpu River and the downtown section of the Suzhou Creek is secheduled to complete, Jiang Shujie, deputy director of Urban and Rural Construction and Transport Commission said in a government news release today.

Treatment of the silt will be a task, particularly for the Suzhou Creek clean-up effort, and so is the efforts to turn the treated silt into useful resources, Jiang said.

Dredging boats have started working on Suzhou Creek on Thursday to dig out an estimated 1.3 million cubic meters of stinky mud from the riverbed in an attempt, hopfully to stop the creek from turning murky and eventually make it suitable for aquatic lives.


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