Work to develop part of Saemangeum reclamation area starts

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : July 8, 2013, 17:13 | Updated : July 8, 2013, 17:13
The government said Thursday it kicked off a drive to build agricultural and tourism facilities in the massive Saemangeum reclamation area on the west coast.

The Office for Government Policy Coordination said the project is to construct the zone 5 for agricultural use, which occupies 15.1 square kilometers of land.

Facilities to be built in the zone 5 include irrigation channels, spillways, dike sluices, tunnels and detention ponds.

The project will cost 145.6 billion won. Completion is due for 2017.

Of the zone 5, about 7 square kilometers of space will be used by agricultural companies, the office said. The agricultural area is expected to be made available beginning in 2016.

Launched in 1991, the 3-trillion-won (US$2.63 billion) Saemangeum development plan calls for the reclamation of 40,100 hectares of land and construction of a 33.9-km-long seawall, the world's longest, and a freshwater lake.

By Josephine Liu Yan Yee
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