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Fire drills for residents

ALL Shanghai residents will be required to participate in fire drills this year, in the wake of last year's inferno in a Jing'an District high-rise that claimed 58 lives, local authorities said yesterday.

This citywide training program is one of the "10 practical projects" the city government intends to complete in 2011, said Chen Qiwei, spokesman for the city government.

Zhou Meiliang, an official with the Shanghai Fire Control Bureau, said each household will take part in fire drills.

No timetable has yet been set, however.

The Shanghai government proposes "10 practical projects" annually.

All last year's projects were completed.

The other projects for this year are:

? Setting up 40 kindergartens across the city;

? Helping 10,000 people to start their own businesses;

? Building 60 Electronic Toll Collection traffic lanes;

? Putting 5 million energy-saving lamps into service;

? Running a garbage sorting trial covering 500,000 households in the city;

? Building 104 kilometers of water pipelines and shutting 10 small waterworks;

? Offering social services to 260,000 old people and setting up 20 daytime caring centers;

? Providing extra training to teachers at 80 primary schools where the intake is mostly children of migrant workers; and

? Improving sporting facilities at 30 communities.


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