China re­stores na­ture along Yangtze River with de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal wharfs

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

China has com­pleted a crack­down down on il­le­gal con­struc­tion along the Yangtze River, dur­ing which 1,361 il­le­gal wharfs have been rec­ti­fied and re­formed along the main river, with 1,254 of them de­mol­ished, news por­tal banyue­tan. org re­ported.

Hubei Prov­ince has pro­hib­ited over 1,100 il­le­gal wharfs and turned 5.66 mil­lion square me­ters of river bank into green ar­eas in the last three years.

In the past, due to lo­cal so­cioe­co­nomic devel­op­ment and Yangtze River devel­op­ment, more and more il­le­gal wharfs and pol­lut­ing fac­to­ries en­croached on the river­bank. As a re­sult, reeds, once a com­mon plant along the river, dis­ap­peared.

The banyue­tan.org re­port said that some port en­ter­prises and own­ers of the projects seized a great area of land and wa­ter to build wharfs. The shore­line was dis­or­derly oc­cu­pied with preva­lent prob­lems in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, build­ing re­dun­dant projects and low ef­fi­ciency work.

A staff mem­ber of a Sta­te­owned port en­ter­prise told banyue­tan.org in 2014 that there were only four le­gal ports in his city while the num­ber of il­le­gal ones reached over 50. “Il­le­gal wharfs are like ‘pso­ri­a­sis’ en­croach­ing on shore­line re­sources along the Yangtze River,” he said.

With the na­tional strat­egy to de­velop the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Zone, the prob­lems along the shore­line of the river aroused at­ten­tion from the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee and the State Coun­cil. Since Oc­to­ber 2015, the lead­ing group of­fice of the devel­op­ment of the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Zone started the rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­form of il­le­gal wharfs and il­le­gal sand ex­ca­va­tion.

As a re­sult, some shore­lines along the river have been turned into beach parks in the prov­inces of Sichuan, Jiangxi and An­hui. The reeds have re­turned along the river­side.

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