Ra­dio tele­scope to cause 9,000 to be re­set­tled

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Guizhou prov­ince is ex­pected to evac­u­ate more than 9,000 peo­ple for the com­ple­tion of the world’s largest ra­dio tele­scope.

Re­set­tling res­i­dents within 5 kilo­me­ters of the 500-me­ter Aper­ture Spher­i­cal Tele­scope, or FAST, will cre­ate a sound elec­tro­mag­netic wave en­vi­ron­ment for its op­er­a­tion, said Li Yuecheng, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the pro­vin­cial political ad­vi­sory body.

The Guizhou pro­vin­cial govern­ment is ex­pected to re­set­tle 9,110 res­i­dents in Ping­tang and Luo­dian coun­ties by the end of Septem­ber, he said. Each res­i­dent will get a sub­sidy of 12,000 yuan ($1,800) from the pro­vin­cial reser­voir and ecomi­gra­tion bureau, and each eth­nic mi­nor­ity house­hold with hous­ing dif­fi­cul­ties will get 10,000 yuan from the pro­vin­cial eth­nic and religious com­mit­tee.

Con­struc­tion of FAST be­gan in March 2011 with an in­vest­ment of 1.2 bil­lion yuan. Upon com­ple­tion, the tele­scope will be the world’s largest of its kind, over­tak­ing Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Ob­ser­va­tory.

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