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Funding shortage halts project

(China Daily)

10:01, December 30, 2011

NANNING - Local authorities says they are in no rush to demolish a building that is hindering the construction of a railway bridge as a lack of funding has put a halt to the project.

An online post depicting a building located between two bridge piers at a construction site in Nanning, capital of South China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, attracted widespread attention on Tuesday, with speculation that the failure to demolish the building has caused the project to be halted for a year.

However, an official from the Nanning Railway Administration denied the speculation on Wednesday, saying a lack of funds, instead of a demolition failure, has halted the project.

"The project has been halted because it is facing financial difficulties," Ye Qiujiang, an official at the news office of the railway administration, told China Daily.

"The residents living in the building are construction workers and their families and they are willing to leave whenever needed," he said.

He added that the project has recently received capital injections, but it is still not enough to guarantee that the project will be completed on time.

The railway bridge, constructed over the Yongjiang River in the outskirts of Nanning, brings two railway lines to the city: the Yunnan-Guangxi railway and the Nanning-Pingxiang high-speed railway.

"The project has to be slowed down in the bigger environment of railway construction nationwide," Li Weifeng, a program manager of the bridge project, told China Daily. "The progress of the project is not determined by us, but by the Ministry of Railways."

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