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800b yuan to make city greener, better linked

SHANGHAI plans to spend between 700 billion yuan (US$105 billion) and 800 billion yuan over the next five years improving transport links and making the city a greener place.

This represents a 40 percent increase in investment on the previous five years, the city's top construction and transport commission said yesterday.

Some 550 billion yuan was invested locally between 2005 and 2010 on major urban infrastructure projects, said Jiang Shujie, deputy director of Urban and Rural Construction and Transport Commission.

Jiang said the city is about to start a new round of Metro construction and road improvements and will continue expanding its high-speed rail links. "This year, we will focus on several new Metro projects, improve the road network for the Middle Ring Road in Pudong and construct more transit bus hubs," Jiang said.

"There might not be as many Metro construction projects in 2011 compared to the period before the World Expo last year, but another peak is coming," he predicted.

Construction of Metro Lines 12, 13, 22 and two extensions to Line 11 will get under way this year, improving links between downtown traffic hubs and outlying districts. Line 22 is expected to benefit people in suburban Jinshan District.

"Through continuous improvements, we hope that by 2015 the Metro will be able to carry half of the city's public transport commuters," Jiang said. Currently, the Metro handles about 30 percent of public transport commuters.

Residents can also expect to see cleaner city waterways in the near future, as the authority aims to complete most cleanup operations in urban sections of the Huangpu River and Suzhou Creek before the end of the year.

During dredging operations, chemically polluted silt will be processed to render it harmless, before it is dumped or used in building materials.

Dredgers started work in Suzhou Creek on Thursday, and aim to remove 1.3 million cubic meters of silt. Efforts to improve the creek, polluted by years of industrial and household waste being dumped there, began in 1998.

Construction of the Disneyland project in Pudong, one of the city's major urban projects in the next few years, will be phased in gradually, subject to approval from central government, said Chen Qiwei, the city government spokesman.

Chen added that the city could not yet give a total cost for the project.


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