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January 5, 2011

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Water seeps into 'repaired' Metro station

WATER is again seeping into a city Metro station - just as repairs were due to be complete.

Work began at the end of last year on three entrances and exits at Line 11's Zhenru Station after Metro riders were left sloshing about in puddles.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the Metro operator, said "repair work has been finished on Exit 1 and Exit 5 and workers have drained most of the areas on Exit 2."

However, more seepage was discovered yesterday on Exit 5, only 5 meters from the area that had just been fixed.

Passageways are now condoned off for repair and slip prevention mats have been installed.

Tian Yifeng, a general manager with one of Shentong's branch that operates Line 11, said that work was hampered by "frequent problems."

Tian previously blamed the seepage on ground subsidence and "poor construction work." Repair teams are still discussing permanent solutions.

Similar problems have also been reported on other Metro lines. A photograph posted online yesterday by a Metro rider showed seven buckets in a line catching water dripping from the ceiling at Line 10's Sipin Road Station.

Shanghai Metro authorities said repairs would take place overnight.

Lines 10 and 11 went into service before the World Expo started last May, raising concerns about the quality of work as construction workers rushed to meet deadlines.


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