'Civilized' construction sites awarded
Over 100 local construction projects have been awarded on Saturday as demonstrations for others on environmental protection and less bothersome to nearby residents.
The 123 most environmentally friendly "star sites," selected by the city's construction and civilization authorities as well as representatives of residents, include the Green Valley project on the former World Expo 2010 site in Pudong, a section of the under-construction Metro Line 18 as well as the Zhuguang Road Tunnel in Hongqiao area.
"Shanghai has entered a new peak period on constructions this year with a total of 126 major projects and total investment of over 135 billion yuan (US$21 billion)," said Jiang Xiaolong, deputy director with the Shanghai Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.
These construction sites must focus on the environmental protection by controlling flying dusts and noises to avoid disturbing residents, Jiang said.
As one of the key projects, the Green Valley at the Expo Zone A site has been nearly completed. The project covering 46,692 square meters near the iconic China Art Museum -- the former China Pavilion -- is being developed into a high-end work community with business, commercial and entertainment facilities.
A monitoring system has been installed to inspect the amount of flying dust and noise while face recognition and Global Positioning System have been applied to manage the workers, said Fan Huaiwei, the project manager with China Construction 8th Engineering Division Group.
A similar digital management system has been used to supervise the construction site of the Songhu and Sanmen roads tunnel project in Yangpu District. The system helps to ensure the safety of the construction and reduce the impacts to residents, according to the Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Road and Bridge Group.
A major tunnel project, the 2.8-kilometer-long Zhuguang Road Tunnel, will also be completed soon to effectively reduce the congestion around the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai).
These sites are expected to be models for other construction sites across the city and in neighboring provinces to help promote the civilized construction principle, said Xu Zheng, president of the Shanghai Construction Group and director of the Shanghai Construction Trade Association.