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Top officials sacked over deadly high-rise inferno

Two of Jing'an District's top officials have been sacked for being responsible for the Jiaozhou Road inferno last November that engulfed a high-rise residential building and claimed 58 lives.

An accident investigation report released yesterday said Zhang Renliang, district director, and Xu Sunqing, a vice director, had been removed from their posts.

Shen Jun, Shanghai's vice mayor in charge of construction, received a record of a serious demerit, an administrative penalty, as did Huang Rong, director of the Shanghai Construction and Transport Commission. Gong Deqing, Party secretary of Jing'an District, was given a Party disciplinary warning.

They were among 28 officials and company workers who received Party or administrative penalties for their responsibility in the November 15 inferno. Most punished officials were from Jing'an District or working in construction departments.

The report also said 26 people, including some district officials, face criminal charges, mainly alleging dereliction of duty or corruption.

The officials alleged to have abused their power included Gao Weizhong, former director of the district's construction and transport commission, and Zhang Quan, deputy director of its construction managing office.

Executives from Jing'an District Construction Group and Shanghai Jiayi Construction and Decoration Engineering Co, which carried out and supervised the work on the building, and unlicensed welders alleged to have directly caused the blaze are also on the list of those facing prosecution.

Mayor Han Zheng has made self-criticism to the State Council, the report said.

"I will always remember the painful lesson and experience learnt from the accident. I will review my past errors and keep improving my work in the future," Han told a city meeting.

He blamed himself for not doing enough to implement construction-related laws, and to tackle corruption in the construction market.

He said the inferno had brought great losses to both the city and its residents and it would always be a painful memory. The economic loss to the city has been put at 158 million yuan (US$24.4 million).

Shanghai Party Secretary Yu Zhengsheng said he should also take the blame, citing his inefficient supervision over government officials and the construction market.

Stray sparks from welding tools ignited materials on scaffolding around the building, investigators said.

The 156 displaced households have been offered two compensation plans by state-owned Shanghai Jing'an Construction Co, contractor for the renovation project.

One offers apartments due to be built nearby and 100 yuan a month per square meter of their old apartment for three years.

The other offers cash around 1.5 times the value of their old apartment, based on 30,000 yuan per square meter.

However, more than half of the households have not yet agreed to either proposal.


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