Shanghai has launched two major watercourse treatment projects as part of a plan to develop the city’s inland river shipping, reported China Daily. The 50km Dalu Waterway is currently a bottleneck, starting at the Huangpu River and ending at Harbour City in southwest Shanghai. This Yn2.4bn project involves increasing ship capacity and should be completed in 2005. Harbour City will act as a backyard for the Yangshan deepwater port that is being constructed 30km southwest of Shanghai.
The Zhaojiagou Waterway is a much shorter route between the Huangpu River and the standard-container port area in Waigaoqiao. This Yn870m project will involve the renovation of nine bridges and is also expected to be completed in 2005.
Shanghai has a total of 210 inland rivers with a navigable distance of 2,100km. Last year, they handled 131m tons of cargo.