Residents within 5km radius of Fast project in Guizhou province will be forced to leave their homes and offered £1,275 in compensation
Date: 16 February 2016
By: Tom Phillips in Beijing and agencies
China is to relocate more than 9,000 people in the lead-up to the opening of the
world’s largest radio telescope later this year – a move that Beijing hopes will boost the global hunt for extraterrestrial life.
Work on the 1.2bn yuan (£127m) Fast (Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope) project began in the south-western province of Guizhou in 2011 and is expected to be completed by September.
Before then 9,110 residents of Guizhou’s Pingtang and Luodian counties will be “evacuated” from their homes, the Xinhua news agency announced on Tuesday. Each will receive 12,000 yuan (£1,275) in compensation from the government’s eco-migration bureau, Xinhua added.
Beijing sees its 500 metre-diameter telescope, which will dwarf the 300 metre-diameter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, as the latest symbol of its growing technological prowess. [FULL STORY]