MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will assist Chinese government in
preparing a major urban transport improvement project that covers five cities in
one of the poorest regions of the country, an ADB report said on Friday.
A US$700,000 grant from ADB will be part of the US$900, 000 needed to draw up
the Xinjiang Urban Transport and Environmental Improvement Project, said the
ADB's assistance is expected to start in December 2007 and last for six
"The project will enhance public infrastructure, increase environmental
protection and raise the standard of living by improving local road networks and
traffic management in five Xinjiang regional cities situated along a major
transport corridor, " said Amy Leung, principal urban development specialist of
ADB's East Asia Department.
"To maximize the development potential of Xinjiang and to raise the living
standards of the people, the government has accorded high priority to support
the sustainable economic development of the region, particularly border cities
and cities along major transport corridors," said Leung.
The total length of roads planned for construction under the project is about
168 kilometers of varying widths and capacities. Around eight bridge structures
totaling 340 meters in length are also being planned for development under the