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Lhasa residents look for better quality of life

08-06-2013 09:32 BJT Special Report:Inside Tibet |

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By CCTV reporter Han Bin

Aside from bringing a different look to Lhasa, another priority for renovation in the old city areas, is to improve living conditions. But that goal is difficult to achieve. The Old City is densely populated -- some 80,000 inhabitants in 1.3 square kilometers. And the area also serves multiple functions -- residential, pilgrimages, commercial, tourism and others. Han Bin spoke with some residents, who say they’re grateful for modern improvements, and are hoping the government does more to improve their quality of life.

Tap water--so basic, yet something of a luxury in Lhasa.

The old community where Qiong Ji lives used to rely on well water and later shared faucets in the yard.

Qiong Ji says now she doesn’t have to carry water from elsewhere.

"The government shouldered all the costs of water pipes and installing electrical lines. I’m quite happy about their work," Qiong said.

Lhasa resident Qiong Ji

Ever since the government announced the massive renovation project in Lhasa’s old urban areas, anticipation has been high among residents there.

Now, water and drainage facilities have been upgraded.

One community head told us how renovation has made a difference.

Dor Ji, Director of Bai Lin Community, said, "One of the biggest changes is the upgrading of electrical lines and street lamps. Residents are all satisfied with the change that each family has its own electricity meter."

Dor Ji, Director of Bai Lin Community

CCTV reporter Han Bin said, "Time has not been kind to the white-washed stone and mud buildings in the historical residential areas. Some are dilapidated, and some have even disappeared. Renovation is crucial to preserve the traditional structures. While huge amounts have been spent on Lhasa’s outlook and infrastructure, local Tibetans are hoping that more efforts will go into improving their living conditions."

This small room is home to a family of 5. The new baby has brought great happiness. But babies grow up and they worry about having enough space.

Lhasa resident Drau Gha said, "What we need most is housing. We hope to have brighter and bigger rooms. The community is adding more people, yet we all still squeeze in here."

Lhasa resident Drau Gha

More than 40 families live in this courtyard along with Drau Gha’s. They all have the same concerns. And they’re counting on the government’s new projects.

Qiong Ji shares the same wish as all others living in the old city area. She’s already benefited from the changes in Lhasa.

Now she hopes her children can benefit from the changes even more.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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