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Fatal blast highlights faulty urban planning problem

(Xinhua)    19:52, November 27, 2013
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BEIJING, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Proper urban planning is needed to avoid accidents like the deadly oil pipeline blasts in an economic zone in east China's Shandong Province.

As of Monday, the accident had left 55 dead, nine people missing and another 136 in hospital, after explosions ripped through residential and commercial roads in Huangdao District of Qingdao on Friday.

Yang Dongliang, director of the State Administration of Work Safety and head of an investigation team for the accident, said the unreasonable layout of oil pipelines and urban drainage pipes was identified as one of the serious problems exposed by the incident.

In a separate accident, three people were injured after a natural gas pipeline was damaged and exploded on Sunday at a construction site in downtown Wenzhou, eastern China's Zhejiang Province.

Accidents related to underground pipelines mean that better planning and effective management in urban construction is needed, according to analysts.

"It is not only a problem of design, but also related to planning and management," said Xiao Yanyang, associate professor in urban planning at Hunan University.

A special body should be set up to manage all underground pipelines in a coordinated manner, Xiao suggested.

Different pipelines are managed by different departments or companies and coordination is lacking between them. So it is difficult to deal with loopholes even if everyone is aware of them, according to Xiao.


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(Editor:YanMeng、Chen Lidan)

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