Un­der­ground pipe­lines to be up­graded

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China will up­grade old and mas­sive un­der­ground ur­ban pipe­lines in five years to re­duce po­ten­tial risks in ex­pand­ing cities.

The mas­sive pipe­lines run­ning un­der­ground play a ma­jor role in ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, car­ry­ing the wa­ter, sewage, gas, elec­tric­ity, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, ca­ble sig­nals and other nec­es­sary sup­plies for daily life as well as in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion.

With the rapid ur­ban­iza­tion in China, larger cities with fast­grow­ing pop­u­la­tions wit­nessed more ac­ci­dents with se­vere eco­nomic losses and ca­su­al­ties.

An ex­plo­sion in a gas line in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince, in Novem­ber killed 62 people and in­jured 136. Leak­age in a petro­chem­i­cal pipe­line con­tam­i­nated the wa­ter sup­ply in Lanzhou, Gansu prov­ince, in April. On May 11, a tor­ren­tial rain hit Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, flood­ing more than 2,500 roads in the city and caus­ing an eco­nomic loss of about 80 mil­lion yuan ($12.9 mil­lion).

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