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Housing conditions for more than 40,000 herdsmen in Tibet look set to improve this year. They are part of those who have benefitted from a housing project.
The project has been underway in the Autonomous Region since 2006 aimed at bettering local residents'living conditions. Trover Metz brings you a closer look at what the new houses are like in areas of Lhasa.
These are the suburbs of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region. One local resident says they used to live in a small wooden house, but now the whole family have a two-story concrete house. The living room is more than 20 square meters. And there is still a prayer room so they can maintain traditional customs.
A local resident said, "It cost 200,000 yuan to build this house. The government subsidized 25 thousand yuan and also granted us a 20 thousand yuan interest free loan. The design of the house was also supplied by the government."
She says her neighbors all enjoy preferential policies from the housing project in the autonomous region. In addition, roads, water and power facilities are all provided by the local government.
In some rural areas around Lhasa, many houses have been rebuilt. Local authorities not only subsidize them with cash, but also offer building material.
Basang, vice director of Local Village Committee, said, "There are particular staff who are in charge of the construction material, including its material quality."
So far more than 1 million rural residents in the autonomous region have moved to new houses subsidized by local governments.
|Housing conditions for more than 40,000 herdsmen in Tibet look set|
to improve this year. They are part of those who have benefitted
from a housing project.