China is moving ahead with plans to install a wall along the city’s main thoroughfare and wall up the city walls.
The Wall Wall Wall project, announced Monday, will be completed in the coming months.
The government is also developing a plan to erect more concrete walls to protect the city against the effects of the world’s worst cyclone in decades.
It was inaugurated by China’s President Xi Jinping.
The wall will be in place for the next six years.
It will cover the central business district, the city wall and the pedestrian bridges over the river Yarlung Tsangpo.
The project, which will cost $8.3 billion, will build on a decades-old project by the Chinese government to protect its border with Myanmar.
A recent government report estimated that by 2020, the wall would protect 5 million people from flooding.