China said on Tuesday that it would evacuate more than 9,000 rural residents in south-west Guizhou province to create a suitable environment for the operation of the world’s largest radio telescope.
A government official said in Bejing that the construction on the 184 million dollars telescope site began in March 2011.
He said on condition of anonymity that the telescope’s reflector dish would be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world.
He said the relocation of 9,110 people in Pingtang County and Luodian County within 5 kilometres of the 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) would create a sound electromagnetic wave environment.
He said each relocated resident would receive compensation of 1,838 dollars.
“Rising incidents of forced evictions in China, usually to free up land for sale to developers, has led to violent clashes during the past decade.
“Out of 40 forced evictions that Amnesty International examined in a 2012 report, nine culminated in the deaths of people resisting relocation,” he said. (dpa/NAN)
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