Blueprints for 'College Town' almost ready

SOUTH China's Guangdong Province has stepped up efforts to complete blueprints for the construction of its “College Town” in Panyu District. The cultural project has been in the works for the last two years.  

The development is expected to see its first group of students next September, according to Lin Shusen, director of the College Town administrative office. 

The first 10 universities scheduled to establish facilities in the town will include, Zhongshan University, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, South China University of Technology and Xinghai Conservatory.  

The general plan for the town's development is to be completed by June 10 while roads, water service and other related installations are to be set up by Sept 30. The final deadline for the town's completion is July 30, 2004.  

Top leaders from both the province and the city are placing great importance to the project. Zhang Dejiang, Party secretary of Guangdong Province has emphasised “first-class” standards for the town in four areas – planning, design, construction and quality.  

The project which covers an area of 43.3sq km, has received a three-year interest rebate of 12 billion yuan (RM5.5bil) from the province.  

International bids have been accepted for planning and design, with three world famous design institutes from the United States and Britain now competing to participate in the project. Construction of the telecommunication, water, drainage and the coal-gas piping systems are now under way. – China Daily 

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