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Residents’ Metro work fears after cracks appear in homes

RESIDENTS living near an under-construction Metro station are seeking assurances that their homes are safe, after cracks appeared on walls and floors.

Some 30 families living in a 46-year-old building on Shaanxi Road fear the damage is linked to work on Line 12’s Shaanxi Road South station.

Residents have hung out banners highlighting their plight.

A report issued by Tongji University’s housing quality inspection station showed the residential building has safety risks and needs renovation.

Emergency repairs have taken place but no date has been set for a complete renovation.

“It’s an old building and the structure is not solid enough given today’s standards. All the ongoing construction in the surrounding area is deeply worrying,” said Li Ruhao, a representative of the 30 families affected in Lane 360.

Cracks have appeared in the floor, walls, door and window frames of Li’s apartment.

Cao Xiujuan, Party secretary of Zhangjianong neighborhood committee, said they have been passing on concerns from residents to the district government and organized meetings with the construction company, property owner Shanghai Xufang Group and experts.

“Emergency repairs were taken, and the property owner and construction company have been sending staff over to have the homes checked regularly. However, residents’ demands have not been met,” Cao said.

Li said residents want to be relocated if not given a guarantee that their homes are safe.

Metro operator Shentong Group declined to comment.


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