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Buildings close to pipeline demolished

Over 20 buildings illegally built on top or near a pipeline transporting ethylene have been demolished.

The buildings were built along Daye Highway in Fengxian District in 2004, most of which were owned by local villagers. However, they were deemed safety risk by Shanghai Work Safety Committee earlier this year as they were built too close to the pipeline.

Ethylene is a colorless gas widely used in chemical industry and is extremely inflammable.

Some of the buildings were built right on top of the pipeline which is 1.7 meters underground. Safety regulations insist no construction should be built within 5 meters of the pipeline.

All the buildings were demolished by Fengxian government by Thursday. It involved 136 apartments and 246 residents with a total area of 4,538 square meters. The buildings were used as residence, workshops and stores. Some of them were rented to migrant workers.

The 58-kilometer pipeline is owned by a chlor-alkali company of Shanghai Huayi Group and passes through 10 towns in Jinshan, Fengxian and Minhang districts.

The Fengxian government and Huayi Group set aside a sum of compensation. They explained the safety risks to the villagers, including showing them video footage of a pipeline accident in Nanjing in 2010, which killed 22 people. 



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