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Fresh safety fears halt work on new subway line

(China Daily)

09:14, October 19, 2011

SHANGHAI - The Shanghai subway is in the spotlight again after metro authorities suspended construction on Line 12 amid rumors of unsafe work.

The controversy follows a rear-end crash on Line 10 last month in which 271 people were injured.

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision received a report on Oct 9, saying that the construction company had cut down the use of steel reinforcement cages during the construction of Longcao Station on Line 12. Shanghai Tunnel Engineering is building the new station.

A security guard at the construction site also told Shanghai news website that the number of steel reinforcement cages had been reduced.

The Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision asked the construction company to suspend building immediately. Shanghai Geotechnical Investigations and Design Institute was asked as a third party to examine the bored pile, where the steel reinforcement cages are usually placed.

The institute found that no steel reinforcement cage was missing, which indicated that the construction of the metro line met design requirements.

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