Vice-premier calls for safe transportation during holiday
Updated: 2006-01-16 13:50
Vice-Premier Huang Ju Sunday called on transportation departments across the
country to strengthen coordination of the Spring Festival transportation work to
ensure safety of travelers.
Vice-Premier Huang Ju (L), also a member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, addresses
the National Communications Conference in Beijing, Jan. 15, 2006.
At a national transportation conference held in Beijing on Sunday,
Huang stressed the importance of safety during the Spring Festival travel
season, which started on Saturday.
About 2 billion people will travel by rail and bus during the upcoming Spring
Festival (Lunar New Year), which falls on Jan. 29, up 3.1 percent over the
corresponding period of last year, putting a great pressure on the country's
strained transportation facilities, as the holiday is the most important
occasion for family Reunion.
Addressing the meeting, Huang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, urged
the transportation departments to promote the overall and sustained development
of the sector based on the implementation of the scientific concept.
He praised the achievements scored by the sector during the country's 10th
Five-Year plan period (2001-2005).
He also called on the transportation departments to contribute to building
socialist new countryside by building more roads and highways in rural areas,
old revolutionary bases, areas inhabited by ethnic minority people and border
areas so as to help poor people lift out of poverty.
The construction of state highway network should be stepped up and emergency
responding plans dealing with waterway transportation accidents should be
further improved to ensure the safety of people's life and properties, the