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Mayor goes on air to highlight city issues

Shanghai is working on a grid management network that will see one official patrolling every 10,000 square meters of the city, and reporting problems to the city management in time.

Traffic, road lights, noise from construction sites, waste soil transportation, accident caused by manholes, road cleaning, water quality, illegal stalls and illegal construction are all major problems for the city, Mayor Yang Xiong said in a radio program yesterday.

“The officials will carry out inspections every day and report to the headquarters if problems are not solved in time,” Yang said.

The problem of group tenancy is another issue. Yang said officials are working on ways to deal with the problem and expects a comprehensive solution by next year.

A woman, surnamed Zhuang, called the program, complaining about the noise created by customers playing mahjong in a chess and card room downstairs.

“The noise is so annoying, even after midnight,” said Zhuang, who lives in an old residential complex in Yangpu District.

“We have approached the neighborhood committee and police many times, instead they asked us to collect evidence. The problem has been around for years.”

Yang said he had received similar complaints and urged officials working at the grass-root levels to invest energy and time to solve such disputes. He said the city government will better the mechanism and set up rules and laws to help regulate such problems.

Care for elderly

Yang also announced measures for elderly care and supporting low income people, including those suffering from serious diseases.

“We adopted a new policy this year — the first for the nation — to offer financial aid to those with income higher than the poverty line but living a poor life because of diseases,” Yang said. “About 30,000 families with 50,000 people are enjoying the policy.”

On food safety, one of the top concerns among local residents, Yang said they have enforced stricter inspection and will take immediate action whenever they come across illegal food processing facilities. “We call on the residents to cooperate with us on the problems,” he said.



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