The city cleared 12 rivers as expected this year, and it plans to cut canals in seven places to link rivers next year.
A total of 45 projects to clear rivers kicked off this year, including the dredging of 12 rivers, cutting canals to link in six places to connect rivers and build three water locks. Specifically, the length of the 12 rivers that have been cleared averaged at 11.08 kilometers, and 27.7km of slow traffic path along the rivers were built.
The city plans to start clearing another 45 rivers (sections) in 2015 and finished 20 projects. The clearing is expected to greatly improve the water quality and environment as well as upgrade the flood control capacity. Moreover, it plans to cut canals in seven places to link rivers next year.
There are many reasons that some rivers in the city are disconnected, for example, resident relocation and historical reasons. The river section at Fanjiaqiao has been seriously blocked and the water quality is bad. The cutting of canal will help solve the problems.
Clearing of some blocking sections has been delayed for projects in adjacent rivers. Xinkai River was cleared in 2010, but Jiangjiabang River nearby is still in the clearing process. When Jiangjiabang is cleared next year, the two rivers will be connected with the Grand Canal and the hot water river of the thermal power station, respectively.
Also, the city plans to build four water locks in 2015 to link adjacent rivers and control floods.
Source: Hangzhou Government