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Hundreds of readers give views on city

HUNDREDS of Shanghai Daily readers have voiced their hopes, concerns and suggestions for the city's future, ahead of legislation and policy-making sessions this month.

Around 300 readers took part in an online poll on the Shanghai Daily website at, while dozens e-mailed their suggestions.

Many respondents are concerned about environmental issues, calling for tighter food safety controls and better monitoring and law enforcement against pollution.

Some highlighted their own experiences. Dennis Reich, a 25-year-old German resident who has lived in the city since he was a teenager, is urging tougher actions to stop waste burning near his home in Anting New Town in suburban Jiading District.

"I use the expressways and see fires nearby in the evenings. People also burn industrial waste near my home; I can even smell it in my bedroom."

He said despite repeatedly telling the authorities, nothing is done.

More than 60 percent of readers taking part in the online poll said that their top concern is environmental protection.

Transport is another vital issue, based on the readers' responses. Many called for tougher law enforcement and education to reduce traffic violations in the city.

Some readers complained of substandard road quality on local expressways that increases the risk of tire blowouts and other hazards.

Foreign residents also called for visa processing to be made easier and social welfare and schooling policies improved for them.

Shanghai Daily will present some of these points to government officials and experts and invite them to address the issues during the sessions.

The annual local plenary meetings of the Shanghai People's Congress and the Shanghai Committee of Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will be held from this Saturday until January 21.


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