By Li Hongmei, Sina English
It was reported that Chinese relevant departments are ready to provide housing to almost all residents of Sansha city in the South China Sea. Sansha City has 159 people, which makes it possibly the least populated urban area in the world.
China established the new city recently to function as administrative HQ for its Xisha, Zhongsha and Nansha islands , and their surrounding waters in South China Sea.
Low-rent apartments are mushrooming to accommodate Sansha City's residents. A new hospital is also under construction. A rain water treatment plant and two 500-kw diesel generator sets have also been established - all to better the living conditions for local people. The main thoroughfare in the new city is called 'Beijing Road'.
Sansha City's residents will be absorbed as workers providing ancillary support to the new military garrison, which was announced three days back. China has also announced names of army officers, who will command the garrison and supplement the existing naval garrison in the islands.
Xinhua reported that the island's residents have enthusiastically welcomed the improvements in their lives.
"Now we have access to power and clean water, and there are supermarkets, banks, restaurants and cafes on Beijing Road. Life is much better than before," the agency quoted a resident as saying.