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Island cleans up for flower expo

More than 1,700 irregularities concerning the environment around the venue of the 10th China Flower Expo, to be held next May on Chongming Island, have been rectified, authorities said yesterday. 

The irregularities included illegal structures, random storage of items occupying public areas, illegal street vendors, greenery damage and damage to structure facades, contributing to an unsightly environment, the Chongming District Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau said. The crackdown covers key streets such as Chenhai Highway, Caogang Highway, Beiyan Highway and Gangdong Highway. 

A total of 1,883 irregularities were spotted during inspections earlier this year in preparation for the expo, and 1,704 have been dealt with. 

By the end of July, the remaining irregularities will be eliminated, the bureau said. 

“Illegal structures, illegal outdoor advertisements and random storage of items in public areas are the main targets,” said Xu Zhihu, director of the Shanghai Urban Management and Law Enforcement Bureau. “The aim is to create a top-class environment for the expo. Technology will provide support for accurate law enforcement.” 

“Our main job is supervising the whole construction process and ensuring orderly construction,” said Tao Wenjian, leader of the urban management team at Jianshe Town in Chongming.

The team’s purview covers the construction of the expo venues, and night construction as well. “We maintain regular patrols to prevent any illegal construction which may hinder progress and make sure that the environment is kept clean and orderly throughout,” said Tao.

A campaign aimed at lifting the environment of the district ahead of the expo is also being conducted, targeting 98 streets and 5,818 locations, and a crackdown is expected to be completed before November. Transport hubs, tourist attractions and major streets in the district are the priority of law enforcement, the bureau said.


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