Metro Line 12, the only line running through Bao’an’s old town from north to south, has progressed steadily and is expected to be put into operation in 2022, the Bao’an Daily reported.
The construction of 24 foundation pits for the Metro stations along the line has been started with 76 percent of the exterior-protected structures completed. Twenty-one percent of the work on major structures has been finished, and seven of the stations have already been completed, according to the report.
Metro Line 12 starts at Zuopaotai Station in Nanshan District and ends at Waterlands Resort Station in Bao’an District, with a total of 21 stations in Bao’an.
As it runs through the old town, where there are complicated structures, the Bao’an section of the project has received a lot of attention from the district’s authorities and citizens.
The Bao’an section of Metro Line 12 covers 35.9 kilometers and has required the expropriation of a land area spanning 1.13 million square meters and the demolition of 211,000 square meters of structures. This has presented difficulties because it involves complicated economic issues concerning the citizens living in the urban villages. For example, some villagers wanted to receive benefits from the land expropriation, according to the report.
The relevant departments, under the guidance of the districts’ leaders, have made great efforts to overcome the difficulties facing them.
Youli machinery market, an excavator trading market, covering an area of 11,300 square meters with 118 commercial tenants and 1,837 pieces of equipment, is one of the areas requiring transformation. Additionally, over 20,000 square meters of land required demolition.
In order to ensure the Metro project goes smoothly, Fuyong Subdistrict and the relevant departments successfully vacated nearly 65,000 square meters of land for temporary use, while enabling more than 100 stores to continue their business.