The government has finalized a master plan for a four rivers project, which will be implemented by 2012 with a budget of W22.2 trillion (US$17.7 billion). The project is aimed at improving four major rivers – the Han, Nakdong, Geum, and Yeongsan rivers – across the country.
The master plan envisages preparing for climate change, realizing the harmonious existence of nature and human beings, seeking balanced development of regions, laying the groundwork for green growth, and readjusting the land. The plan was worked out jointly by the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
The government will inject a total of W22.2 trillion into the project – W16.9 trillion ($13.5 billion) for dredging rivers, and building irrigation reservoirs and dams and W5.3 trillion ($4.2 billion) for improving and dredging streams and tributaries and expanding sewage treatment facilities.
According to the master plan, the government will, first of all, secure 1.3 billion tons of water resources in preparation for water shortages and abnormal drought. A total of 16 irrigation reservoirs will be built at various sections of streams; water storage will be increased by constructing new dams, such as Songriwon and Boyeon dams, and linking several dams, such as Andong and Imha dams; and the height of the walls of 96 reservoirs will be raised.
The government will focus on improving 34 areas where the water pollution level is serious and increasing the water quality of tributaries as well as the main rivers.
In addition, a total of 1,728kms of bike paths, walk paths and sports facilities will be built along and near the rivers to allow residents to enjoy leisure time and promote tourism and culture in conformity with the green growth policy. A variety of projects will also be implemented to develop the local economy, according to the master plan.