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Building cracks; subsidy offered

A GOVERNMENT subsidy has been offered to some residents after large cracks appeared in their apartments in Putuo District.

However, the temporary measure has not eased the anger or worry of the residents in 98 households in the complex in Taopu Town.

"You can see into the room next to ours because the largest cracks are so big," some residents said.

Even more troubling was the fact that people living on the higher floors said they can feel the floor shake when heavy trucks drive by the building.

Town officials said they have asked a housing inspection institute to conduct a thorough check of the building. They are awaiting the results.

The problem emerged as early as 2005 when the first group of people moved in.

Cracks first appeared in exterior walls. Residents soon found the same problem in their apartments.

A town-level official, surnamed Wang, told a local newspaper that repair work was halted as residents differed on the plan.

Since November, the cracks have increased in size.

After the district government received a report, it agreed to a second inspection.

Wang said Wanqian Group, the developer, will participate in the inspection and eventual repair plan.

The town said it will give households on the building's ground floor a 30 yuan subsidy per square meter each month until the repairs are completed. For a family with a 100 square meter apartment, the subsidy works out to 3,000 yuan a month.

The inspection team dug a hole to look at the building's foundations. Residents said the foundations are shallow and partly in water.

"The problem is common among quality complaints," said Li Jianping, an official with the Shanghai Construction Quality Management Association.

Li also said the cracks will get bigger in dry weather.


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