Huge Beijing canal project ‘to be completed this year’

Work on the Beijing-Shijiazhuang canal, a 300-kilometre project intended to boost the Chinese capital's scarce water supplies for the 2008 Olympics, will be "basically completed" by the end of the year, reports said on Monday.

The canal, linking Shijiazhuang in neighbouring Hebei province to Beijing, would divert 300-500 million cubic metres of water from four Hebei reservoirs next year, the Beijing News said, citing project officials.

The 17.4 billion yuan (US$2.35 billion) aqueduct was needed to guarantee supplies to the drought-stricken capital where reservoirs had dried up and water tables sunk dramatically, the report said.

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