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Underground construction work to have an over-arching strategy

SHANGHAI is to launch a joined-up strategy to improve the use of underground space and clamp down on unauthorized construction, the city’s legislative body said yesterday.

The Shanghai Planning, Land and Resources Administration will draw up an official plan for underground space as part of the city’s urban planning, under the draft of a new law on underground space planning and construction.

Currently, most underground structures are planned and built separately, leading to a huge waste of resources and hampering future infrastructure development, said Tang Zhoushao, deputy director of the legal commission of the legislative body.

For example, in the Lujiazui financial zone in the Pudong New Area — home to many of Shanghai’s most iconic skyscrapers — there was no overall plan on underground space at the beginning.

As a result, major skyscrapers were not connected underground, even though each has underground spaces.

This area includes the stretch from the Lujiazui Station of Metro Line 2 to landmarks including the Shanghai ifc Mall, Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center.

Pudong government later had to build a skywalk so commuters could walk from the Metro station over roads to reach their office towers.

Connect areas

In future, when building underground structures, construction companies must leave areas to connect with the underground areas of future neighboring buildings, according to the urban planning authority blueprint, the law draft says.

If they fail to, the authority can fine the company 5 to 10 percent of the total cost of the project and order them to rebuild the structure.

All underground spaces should also meet criteria as emergency shelters for residents from floods and earthquakes, under the draft law.



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