Guizhou Province in southwest China has resolved to relocate over 9,000 residents away from its Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) which promises to be the world’s largest ever radio telescope, overtaking the size of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory which is 300 meters in diameter.
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Work started on constructing the FAST in March 2011 after an investment of 1.2 billion yuan, and it is expected to be completed by September this year.
Li Yuecheng, secretary-general of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of Guizhou Provincial Committee revealed that members of the forum moved the need to relocate residents from the site of the observatory to ensure its protection. Residents are asked to move back 5 kilometers from the telescope so as to create a quality electromagnetic wave environment for it.
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To this end, the Guizhou provincial council will be compensating the 9,110 evacuated residents with 12,000 yuan or $1,838 each, and ethnic minority families with accommodation problems will be given 10,000 yuan compensation. The residents will be relocated to Pingtang and Luodian Counties in four settlements before the end of September.