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Tibet Reports Marked Progress in Infrastructure construction

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 03/01/25; January 25, 2003.]

Xinhuanet 2003-01-25 14:15:19

LHASA, Jan. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region has registered marked progress in its infrastructure and standard of living in recent years.

The region's 2002 total fixed asset investment, pending the final statistics, is estimated at 10.5 billion yuan (1.26 billion US dollars), up 26.8 percent over the previous year, according to Li Guoyong, director of the regional development planning committee.

Seventy of the 117 infrastructure projects currently underway, with funding from other Chinese provinces and autonomous regions, have either been completed or are progressing smoothly. The projects cover areas such as water and electricity supply to ruralareas, transportation and energy resources, telecommunications services, radio and TV programming and the building of schools.

These projects have been designed to improve production conditions and to raise living standards. The per capita net income of farmers and herdsmen reached 1,570 yuan (189.8 US dollars) last year, up 11.8 percent from the previous year, according to statistics provided by Li.

Thanks to the construction of 1,056 water supply projects in the region's 32 counties, 170,000 farmers and herdsmen and 2.2 million head of livestock gained access to safe drinking water last year, and the construction and expansion of the rural power grid provided electricity to 122,000 farming families.

A number of projects in the areas of education, health care, relics protection and TV and radio broadcasting have been completed and are functioning well, Li said.

Meanwhile, construction on several other major projects, including a power supply project for the Qinghai-Tibet railway, anairport in Nyingchi, a cement plant in Lhasa, the Lhasa railway station and new school buildings for Tibet University, are well underway.


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