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Shanghai elevator program for the elderly launched

Seven low-rise building in six Shanghai districts have recently been selected to be the first batch in an officially launched elevator trial program for the city's old residential complexes, according to the Oriental Morning Post.

Local legislators first proposed the trial program of installing elevators in old residential complexes ten years ago. In March 2012, an investigation for this revamp was launched in seven buildings, located in Yangpu, Changning, Hongkou, Jing'an, Xuhui District and Pudong New Area. There are many low-rise buildings in old residential complexes in Shanghai, and most of the residents in these buildings are old. A sample building in Jing'an District reporting 68 percent of its residents are 60 years or older. Since it is hard for them to walk up and down stairs, the government plans to install elevators to meet the demands of an aging population.

The program officially started last July.

All the residents of the selected building in Jing'an District have agreed on the program after mediation. The fee residents need to pay for installation depends on the floor they live. For example, those who live on the second floor would need to pay 3,000 yuan (US$ 484) and those live on sixth floor need to pay 10,000 yuan for the installment. Feedback from residents of other buildings is still being collected, and the team members of the program are seeking ideas from residents.

" We hope the first batch will show to us some effective ways in implementing our elevator trial program and carry it out more widely," said Lu Chun, a local legislator of Jing'an Distrct involved in the program.


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