WUHAN, Feb. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Cargo transportation along the Yangtze River, the
world's busiest waterway, will soon be gathering speed by way of 10 billion yuan
(1.25 billion U.S. dollars) of planned investment over the next five years.
Tang Guanjun, director of the Yangtze River Navigation Affairs Administration, said
the national budget of 1.7 billion yuan (212 million U.S. dollars) had
resulted in a comprehensive clearance of the waterway over the last five
years, which has paved the way for the lift of navigation speed in the next
Cargo transportation on the Yangtze river reached 795 million tons last year,
making it one of the world's busiest inland rivers, official statistics
show. The annual cargo volume transported along China's longest river is nine
times the amount handled by China's north-south railway trunk line.
However, most parts of the river are still in their natural state, with dangerous
shoals creating bottlenecks, said Tang, when referring to the five-year
building plan of the waterway.
The waterway, which flows into the East China Sea, is playing an
increasingly crucial role in economic growth in the river valley and has become
a vital link for international shipping to the inland provinces. Enditem