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Shanghai Completed All Key Projects of 2011

The Shanghai Municipal Government Information Office held a press conference on December 30 to brief the media on the progress of the city’s key construction projects in 2011. The following are the highlights.

Jiang Shujie, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission for Urban-Rural Construction and Transportation Xu Wei, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Government Information Office

Wenhui Daily:I have a question for Mr Jiang. Could you please talk about the large passenger aircraft project in Shanghai?

Jiang Shujie:The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) project went well in 2011. The construction of the three main centers and the headquarters complex has met the targets set for 2011.

Work has started on the construction of the headquarters complex. The international tender for its design and the acquisition of land have been completed. A ground breaking ceremony will be held soon.

At the R&D Center, a comprehensive lab has passed the quality appraisal and some research and administrative staff have already moved in. The main part of the R&D building has already been installed with curtain walls and broadband cables. Interior decoration is currently under way. The archive data center and the aircraft model center have also had their main facilities built and are in the stage of interior decoration. Besides, construction has started on a 3.5KV transformer substation for the aircraft project.

As for the General Assembly Center, the nine separate workshops and warehouses were under construction one by one. Seven of them have been topped off. The logistics warehouse and the assembly plant were completed by the end of 2011. Construction has started on the 3rd-phase test flight hangar and its infrastructure will be finished by the end of this year. The surface treatment plant for ARJ 21 passenger planes has been built; and the design of the Engineering Technology Building has been finished and construction will start this year.

The Client Service Center and the Technology Exchange Center are taking shape with their main structures both topped off.

Shanghai Evening Post:I have two questions for Mr Jiang. You just talked about some basic considerations for Shanghai’s key construction projects in 2012, can you be more specific? Second, I hope you can tell us the progress of the Disneyland project.

Jiang:Earlier I mentioned five main concerns for next year’s key construction projects. Many of these are carried-over projects, such as the passenger aircraft project and the Shanghai Disneyland. Next year, a number of new infrastructural projects will be under way and some plants and research facilities will be built as well. The city will gear up the construction of affordable housing next year, based on this year’s achievement, and give more input to the development of cultural projects.

Since the Disneyland project was started on April 8, 2011, we have leveled the ground, built roads to the park, dug artificial lakes and waterways, and laid water pipes. More than 580 million yuan has been invested in the infrastructure of Shanghai Disneyland. The whole park plot will be handed over to its owner in April and October of 2012. Meanwhile, construction will start on auxiliary facilities, such as internal roads and bridges, and pump stations for rainwater and sewage, involving about 830 million yuan.

A 10-kilometer moat around the Shanghai Disneyland is under construction and about 200 million yuan has been spent on digging a 5.3-kilometer section of the moat along the northwestern boarder of the park. The entire moat will be built in April 2012. The artificial lake in the heart of the Disneyland is about 0.39 square kilometers in size and 84 percent of its excavation has been done, costing about 90 million yuan. It is expected for completion in April 2013. A 450-meter-long boulevard from the west gate has been built at a cost of 160 million yuan. A bus terminal, about 7.8 hectares in size and 260 million yuan in budget cost, is still in the process of design.

Some urban projects outside the Disneyland are under way, including Tanghuang Road and Hangcheng Road, 4.2 kilometers and 3.87 kilometers respectively. They will be opened to traffic in April 2012.

The Disneyland developer is now inviting bids for the design of its themed amusement park. According to the plan, the construction of Disneyland facilities will start in earnest after the land is transferred in April 2012.

Asahi Shimbun:I’ve a question for Mr Jiang. The information handout said a number of urban rail projects have made new progress. Could you give us more details?

Jiang:Currently, more than 100 kilometers of Metro rails are under construction. Shanghai’s Metro system will expand from 420 kilometers now to 500 kilometers by 2015. We set annual targets each year and our Metro system is developing smoothly according to the plan.

Eastday:As the Spring Festival home rush is near, could you please say something about the measures certain government departments may take to cope with the peak travel season? And when that peak season is expected to occur?

Xu Wei:The upcoming Spring Festival peak travel season will run from January 8 to February 16, 2012, totaling 40 days. It is estimated that Shanghai will handle 29.33 million travelers during the holiday season, an increase of 6 percent. Passengers traveling inside Shanghai are expected to reach 15.56 million a day during the same period, up 2 percent year-on-year.

To ensure this year’s Spring Festival travels safe and smooth, we have stepped up efforts to eliminate hidden risks, intensify safety checks, improve traffic management, boost transportation capacity with newly added facilities, introduce a new ticket-purchase system, and offer convenience for group travelers like migrant workers and students. Airlines will provide chartered flights to Taiwan and other holiday destinations. The public transit authority will make sure train stations, bus terminals and airports are well connected.

We estimate the first peak will occur between January 18 and 22 as people pour out of the city in exodus; the second peak will occur between January 30 and February 16 as people return from their holidays. We advise local residents to avoid the peaks when they travel.