Railway construction leads to sinking residential land in S China's Guangzhou

14:47, April 12, 2010      

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Railway authorities will pay up to 30 million yuan (4.4 million U.S. dollars) in compensation after construction of a high-speed railway caused the earth to sink, damaging houses in parts of Guangzhou, capital city of southern China's Guangdong Province.

The compensation would be used to rebuild the damaged houses and resettle residents, sources from the Guangzhou Bureau of Land Resources and Housing Management said.

More than 10 cases of the earth's surface sinking have been reported in the Jinshazhou housing estate since construction of the Guangzhou-Wuhan express railway began.

More than 1,000 residents from 263 families have been affected. Altogether, about 21,000 square meters of floor space in 10 residential buildings, a building at Jinshazhou High School and an underground parking lot have reported earth sinking and walls cracking since 2007, Monday's China Daily quoted local media as saying.

A research report from Guangzhou Institute of Geological Survey concluded that the sinking in Jinshazhou was caused by the over-extraction of groundwater along with construction of the Guangzhou-Wuhan railway project.

The 1,069-km Guangzhou-Wuhan railway, China's first long-distance high-speed line, was launched on Dec 26, cutting travel time from 10 hours to just three hours between the southern metropolis and the capital of central China's Hubei Province.

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