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Demolition destroys Nanjing viaduct (3)

By Cang Wei and Song Wenwei (China Daily)

09:14, March 20, 2012

Zhao Jingfu, director of the Nanjing urban planning bureau, admitted that city planning did not have enough foresight when the viaduct was built in 1996.

"But 20 years ago, no one expected that the number of cars in China would develop at such a speed," said Zhao. "In the 1990s, people even received an allowance from the government to encourage the car industry."

Zhao said that a detailed and better plan has been made, adding that the tunnel will be put into use before August 2014, when the second Youth Olympic Games will be held in Nanjing.

Though many people have claimed that new construction for the games - including the viaduct demolition - has resulted in extravagance and waste, the local government denied the accusation.

Ding Ming, deputy director of Nanjing's publicity department, said that the demolition was planned in 2006, four years before Nanjing won the right to host the games.

"Some local governments have spent lots of money to host sports games. That money can benefit more people if it is used to improve residents' livelihoods," Jing Yishan, a well-known media practitioner, was quoted by the Beijing News as saying.

"The construction of the facilities for sports games must be approved under strict procedures and be monitored carefully," said Jing.

Chen Wen, a Nanjing resident, also said that a "lifelong responsibility system" should be built to urge government officials to be cautious when they are involved in urban planning to effectively avoid extravagance and waste.

Another three viaducts in downtown Nanjing will also be demolished in the near future due to their limited transportation capacity, the bureau said.

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