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Suburbs given priority for infrastructure funding

NEW towns in suburban Shanghai will get priority for funding this year as the city expands infrastructural construction.

The city congress has approved a budget of 116.6 billion yuan (US$18.5 billion) for key infrastructural and industrial projects, slightly more than last year's figure, the local construction commission said today.

The investment will cover 95 major projects. Of which, 27 are new ones that will start this year, including roads connecting downtowns with uptowns and facilities to improve water quality for millions of suburban residents who complain about unstable quality of tap water.

Traffic condition is expected to improve as well as the second phase of Metro Line 13 and the north and south extensions of the Jiading-Minhang elevated highway are under construction later this year.

Meanwhile, tourism facilities will be built near the Dongtan wetland reserve on Chongming Island to develop bird-watching tourism.


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