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Green belt construction begins at Putuo site

    Construction has started on a major green-belt site in downtown Shanghai on land formerly occupied by a seafood market as well as a village that contained numerous illegal buildings.

    Zhenru Greenbelt will cover 215,000 square meters in the historic Zhenru Town in Putuo District. It will be completed by 2019, the district government said yesterday.

    The 6-kilometer long belt to run across the town will include the existing Zhenru Park as well as land used for the city’s once largest seafood market, Tongchuan Road Aquatic Product Market.

    The market was closed late last year to make way for Metro Line 14 and to improve the urban landscape.

    The first phase of the belt will run from Daduhe Road to Lanxi Road, covering about 70,000 square meters.