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Old elevators replaced in trial initiative

AGING elevators in residential complexes are being replaced in a new scheme by Huangpu District government.

Work has begun on 10 elevators at three communities as a trial for a campaign to cover the whole district next year, officials said yesterday.

Already, renovations have taken place on two elevators in the 17-floor People’s Building on Renmin Road that had been in use for more than 17 years.

Old lift compartments were replaced by new ones fitted with security cameras, while the shafts were renovated, said Gao Mingyuan, manager of the property management company for the building.

This has seen their speed increase from one meter per second to 1.5 meters, said Gao.

Residents said the new lifts eased safety fears.

“Previously, sometimes they  stopped at the wrong floor or just stopped working altogether,” said a resident surnamed Chen on the 7th floor.

“We were frightened to step into them,” he admitted.

The district has many aging residential and office buildings whose elevators have been in use for many years, said an official with the district housing authority.

Buildings more than 15 years old and those where checks reveal potential risks will be targeted, the official said.

Most of the cost is being covered by the district government, with residents making a small contribution, said officials.

Shanghai has 160,000 elevators, including 14,000 in service for more than 15 years.



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