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(China Daily)

09:08, October 24, 2011

A tunnel of subway Line 1 at Fengqing Street in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, collapsed during construction in 2008, killing 21 workers. [Photo by Wu Huang/for China Daily]

High profile

Gift projects were heavily criticized in an article published in People's Daily on Aug 2, titled "Gift projects: Gifts for whom".

The highest-profile public works projects recently were the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway and Qingdao Jiaozhou Bay Bridge, both gifts for the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China on July 1, said the article.

The Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway opened to the public for commercial service on June 30 - 18 months ahead of schedule. On July 23, a crash of high-speed trains killed 40 people near Wenzhou, Zhejiang province. The fundamental reason for the crash has not yet been made public.

The 36.48-km bridge also has proved troublesome. It opened in Qingdao on June 30, just in time for the Party's birthday. But safety barriers were incomplete, and nuts on guardrails were loose.

"If you have ever done home improvement, you know that work needs to be done in steps and each step needs enough time to guarantee the building materials reach their best condition. So do large-scale projects," said Zhou Hongjun, a law professor at East China University of Political Science and Law.

"Once I heard someone say proudly that some construction projects were finished one or two years ahead of schedule. I couldn't help but have doubts about the construction quality."

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