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No holiday with family as Metro project beckons

Chao Weirong, who works as an engineering maintenance supervisor for Shanghai Metro, once again has to spend Chinese New Year away from his family.

Chao is the chief coordinator in a major maintenance project on Metro Line 2 between Songhong Road and East Xujing stations. The project aims to fortify the structure of the tunnels. Work on the project began yesterday and will last until February 2.

Back in 2014, in a maintenance project for Metro Line 3 between Tieli Road and Youyi Road stations, where tracks were replaced due to subsidence, Chao was an assistant project manager.

Major projects such as these are usually scheduled for Chinese New Year so as to reduce interference to Metro traffic.

Chao said preparations for work on Metro Line 2 started in January last year, and it’s the largest and also the most challenging project he’s ever worked on.

“All work has to be finished within 11 days, and such a big project involves many departments and companies,” he said.

“We’re adding steel structures to the tunnels to make them safer,” he said. “This is a part of our daily job, which is to spot safety hazards in Metro tunnel structures and intervene.”

Chao, a Shanghai native, joined Shanghai Metro in 2006. His wife is from Shaanxi Province, and the couple has a 6-year-old daughter. He said he usually spends the Chinese New Year holiday traveling with his wife and daughter to Shaanxi, but they had to go without him this time.

“They understand my work, and every day I have video talks with my wife.”


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