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City tidies messy communication wires

COMMUNICATION wires on the city's utility poles will be cleaned up or removed to improve Shanghai's looks for the coming World Expo 2010.

The cleanup started yesterday in Yangpu District and will spread across 200 kilometers of streets, mainly in downtown areas and around the Expo site, said Yang Zhiming, director and senior engineer of the Shanghai Roads and Pipelines Supervisory Office.

Messy wires will be tied neatly. And those heavy wire circles often seen on the poles will have to conform to a certain standard, Yang said.

Yesterday morning, the first batch wires, on 13 poles along 300 meters of streets near Zhongshan Road N2 and Jiangpu Road, started to come down or be rearranged.

The wire poles of 39 streets in nine districts across the city will be cleaned up this month.

The whole campaign is expected to be finished by the end of March, according to Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd.

The communication wires run alongside the electricity lines and use the electricity poles, Yang explained. The wires are of dozens of kinds, including telephone lines, television cables, monitoring cameras and army communications, "but were not well placed."

Companies were told to claim their wires in May, and the registration has been finished.

"Those unregistered wires will have to be regarded as abandoned or idle and will be removed," Yang told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

From now on, wires will have to meet restrictions when set on the electricity poles, Yang added.

Meanwhile, the project to put wires underground goes on.

Yang said so far 20 percent of the city's wires, including the electricity wires and transformer stations, inside the Outer Ring Road have been replaced underground - with their poles removed - after almost a decade's construction.

"The work is hard and complicated," Yang said. "Like the decoration at home, you have to plan all the wires before flooring."


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