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Subsidence investigation begins

SAFETY officials are investigating alleged subsidence at a high-end residential complex in Xuhui District, which residents blame on an underground garage being built nearby.

A Shanghai Daily reporter who went to the Park View Court complex on Zhaojiabang Road yesterday found long and deep cracks running down the steps and ramp accesses in front of almost every building.

"We are now looking into the case," said an official with the Xuhui District quality and safety supervision office.

"We will send technical workers to check and then invite a third party to investigate whether the damage is caused by the ongoing construction project next to the homes."

Most residents are convinced digging work to create an underground garage about 10 meters away from the complex is responsible for the cracks.

"When they're digging, I can feel the building shake, and that's frightening," said a resident surnamed Wu.

Another resident, JiangBiaoqing, told Shanghai Daily he feared the cracks might lead to a building collapse, citing the case of the Lotus Riverside apartment complex in Minhang District in 2009.

There, a building toppled during work because pressure on both sides moved the foundations. One worker was killed.

"We want them to stop digging and seek ways first to tackle the subsidence problem," Jiang said.

The property management team for the complex said they are monitoring the situation.


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