The Canadians of Ontario have blamed their
Mayor, Mel Lastman, for losing their bid to host the Olympic Games in 2008,
when he made the foolish remark about not wanting to go to Mozambique, for
fear the natives would boil him in a pot and eat him.
Seven out of eight journalists lambasted him
and attributed his faux pas to foot-and-mouth disease.
But justifiably rejoicing in its victory of
having been picked as the host nation to the Games, China has reasons to
celebrate because of the strategic plan it had outlined to the call of the
International Olympic Committee.
The three themes to be adopted were mainly “to
be green,” to promote an upliftment of human causes, and to explore to the
fullest the technological aspects of life.
Beijing’s aim is to gain total improvement of
the whole society in relation to its people, the environment and to the
An extensive programme includes a massive pipe
work of natural gas lines, which will be constructed for domestic and
industrial use, eliminating coal as fuel for boilers, increasing the supply
of thermal energy sources, in addition to the trapping of solar energy.
Public transportation will be expanded by
extensive routes and lanes.
The Bawangten-Tongzhou Route, with its
high-speed rail, will reduce the use of transit vehicles.
Clean fuel will be used, and more than 300
liquid gas stations will be built.
Inspection and strict maintenance will be
implemented to meet international standards, using the dynamometer approach
for emission inspection. Old vehicles will be scrapped.
Beijing plans to modernise its transport
systems, so that the city will be vitally and strategically linked with over
It is planned that athletes will transfer
freely from airports to Olympic stadiums in a matter of 20 minutes.
All buses will be converted into natural gas
engines—pollution-free for 2008.
In Beijing, buses will carry ten million
people along 650 routes by 2008, the number of vehicles will increase to
150,000, most of which will be manufactured to work with electronic systems
for control announcement and movement to handle four and one-half million
Such awaited expressways like the Beijing
Shiziazhuang, Tianjin-Tanzgu, Capital Airport Highway, Beijing Harbin and
the Badaling are under heavy construction with other expressways that will
be ready for the Games.
Beijing has advanced plans for dust pollution
control, storage for waste material and garbage to be used, and water
quality improvement projects at Guanting to be improved in conjunction with
the Miyun and Huiaivon reservoirs, with an aim to restore ground water
levels of purified water.
But Beijing’s ambitious plans revealed a
complete desire to change in its image of greenery.
Large areas will be covered with trees and
lawns, and old unauthorised buildings will be demolished.
Forty per cent area of greenery is targeted
for coverage and even wildlife will be protected from bounty hunters.
The use of environmentally-friendly materials
will be used for building equipment and other facilities.
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Bid Committee
has adhered to the vitally strict principles of the Olympic Movement Agenda
for the 21st Century, and by its commitment to the grand scheme of
world-class environment life improvement plan, has now proven itself a
worthy candidate to qualify as the ideal host to the 2008 Olympic Games.
The Games promise to be the most meaningful
and spectacular event that can have tremendous effect on China in all
aspects of its social, economic and cultural history.