Over 146,000 dilapidated houses renovated in Xinjiang

Urumqi: A total of 146,055 dilapidated houses in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have been renovated as of the end of July, according to the regional housing and urban-rural development department.The region plans to finish the renovation work on a total of 200,900 dilapidated houses this year. By the end of July, renovation work on 197,929 houses has started and 146,055 have been completed. Work on

all 9,355 houses in the rural area has started and 7,834 have been finished. So far, over 400,000 dilapidated houses have also been demolished.

Xinjiang has allocated over 2 billion yuan (about 282 million U.S. dollars) of subsidies this year to renovate dilapidated houses in its rural areas.More than 1.9 billion yuan, accounting for 92 percent of the government-subsidized funds, has been allocated to 32 impoverished counties.