Pothong River Improvement Project, First Nature-remaking Project in DPRK
Pyongyang, May 21 (KCNA) -- The Pothong River Improvement Project was the first nature-remaking work done in the DPRK after Korea's liberation from Japan's colonial rule.
The Pothong River, a tributary of the Taedong River flowing through the central part of Pyongyang City, had inflicted untold disasters and sufferings upon its inhabitants before the liberation.
In fact, it was a huge project as hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of earth had to be removed and five kilometer-long embankment should be built before the rainy season. July and August are the rainy season in Korea.
True to the noble intention of the President, Pyongyangites formed a construction corps and pushed ahead with the project by their own efforts. After all, they could finish this vast project only in 55 days with more than 500 000 man-days of labor. During their occupation of Korea, the Japanese imperialists, too, attempted to carry out such project for ten years with mobilization of three million people, but in vain.
At that time newspapers described as epoch-making the successful project, the first victory in the grand nature-remaking work won by the Korean people who turned out in building a powerful, independent and sovereign state by their own efforts.
Today the DPRK people are displaying the said revolutionary spirit of self-reliance in the on-going offensive for making a breakthrough head-on to the full.