Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Building Collapsed In Shanghai

Now just imagine if you own the new apartments in those buildings next to the one that collapsed over the weekend. Look at the uprooted foundations, they did not really pile that deep, did they?!!

A 13-storey residential building under construction in Shanghai collapsed on Saturday, killing one worker and highlighting the dangers of shoddy building in fast-urbanising China.

The building, in the outskirts of the city, collapsed at around 6 a.m. (2200 GMT), with one construction worker killed, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The building was located at the suburban Lotus Riverside complex.

The block of high-rise residential flats was shown toppled onto its side in a muddy construction site. Exposed pilings stood in the remains of the building's foundations.

It appeared to be almost complete with fitted windows and a finished, tiled facade. Other similar-looking blocks in the same property development were still standing nearby.

Shoddy construction and the use of sub-standard materials is a concern in China's construction sector as the country scrambles to build out cities and finish massive infrastructure projects to keep pace with fast economic growth.

Shanghai authorities are holding nine people in an investigation into the collapse of a nearly finished 13-story apartment building, the government said Monday after the latest in a string of accidents that have plagued the country's construction boom.

Collapsing bridges, highways and buildings in China have often been linked to endemic corruption, as officials and contractors skimp on construction materials or issue approvals without proper inspections. Such problems are more common in rural areas and inland provinces than in major cities like Shanghai, where controls usually are more rigorously enforced.

To be fair, the building was under construction and thus unoccupied, but it's still a minor miracle that there was only one fatality. Sounds like there was a problem with some nearby flood prevention walls at the Dianpu River, but there's no hard evidence as to why this huge building simply fell over.

Sigh... why look at China... we have our own mess, don't we!!??

1 comment:

walao said...

Pls check your electricity bill lately and compare it with the previous , mine went sky high. What worst they introduce 2 months reading just as TNB has manpower problem. So last month they sent me an estimation of it stating I used certain units of electricity. I paid up. But lately, TNB people came and read my meter . Know what they did?? They took my current meter reading minus my last 2 month reading, not minus the estimated reading last month. Yes at the end they deduct what I have paid for the estimation But WAIT……hear this, by taking 2 month reading in one bill, the calculation is therefore changed. My bill went up from 330 t0 480 becos of this calculation and I though I been doing very good job in saving energy by not using dryer and aircon for the past 2 months. Folks, the 2 months reading will blown up the calculation. After hitting certain unit, they are charging $0.40 per unit which never appeared in my bill before.

TNB is having manpower problem but hey, they are cutting down their manpower and therefore save and get profit. Their job is getting easy becos of this 2 months reading system BUT WE “STUPID CONSUMERS” ARE PAYING THE HEAVY BILL??

Pls do something. And pls check your bill. A lot of people still not yet realising this . My friend’s bill went from 70 to 120 and they INITIALLY thought its becos of the hot weather lately . Pls don kill us, TNB !!!

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