Jiangsu’s NPC deputies call on laws to protect Yangtze River
2018-03-10 12:07:00

The Nanjing section of the Yangtze River [Photo/VCG]

Led by Chen Zhenning, deputy director of the Standing Committee of Provincial People’s Congress of Jiangsu, 32 deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) jointly submitted a proposal, calling for legislation to protect the Yangtze River.

This is the fourth time that Jiangsu’s NPC deputies proposed on this theme. Led by Zhang Yan, former deputy director of the Standing Committee of Provincial People’s Congress of Jiangsu, over 100 deputies from Jiangsu have submitted joint proposals in 2014, 2016 and 2017.

Thanks to their unswerving effort, the issue was put into the legislation plan of the 13th NPC. Submitting the proposal for the fourth time, Jiangsu’s NPC deputies hope the legislation process could start as early as possible.

The protection and development of the Yangtze River have a powerful sway on the future of China. As the largest river in China, the Yangtze River provides one third of the nation’s water resource. There are about 400 million people live on the Yangtze River at present, and the figure is expected to double after the South-to-North Water Diversion Project.

However, the healthy development of the Yangtze River has been jeopardized by pollution and unplanned exploitation.

The Yangtze River and cities along the river are in urgent need of a law to curb the pollution and ecological degradation, restore the ecological environment, ensure the quality of drinking water and ecological safety, and promote the sustainable development of the Yangtze River.

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Source:Xinhua/China Daily Editor:Amanda