A key section of China’s water diversion project across arid Hebei province has been completed, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. The project, one of the country’s largest infrastructure endeavors, will take water from the wet south to dry areas in the north, including Beijing. The new section, stretching across almost 600 kilometers, attracted investment of 42 billion yuan (US$6.85 billion). It connects Beijing with Shijiazhuang, Hebei’s capital, and an area near the port of Tianjin. The section is part of the first stage of construction of the middle of three routes of the south-to-north water diversion project. The whole route is set to be completed by the end of the year and will supply water in 2014 for 19 major cities and more than 100 smaller towns in northern China, the report said.
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