Shanghai Residents Protest Transrapid Extension – Spiegel

From Spiegel Online:

0,1020,763347,00A group of residents has written to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask for her support in their fight to stop the extension of the maglev train line. While some of them are worried about finding somewhere to live in time and how they will be compensated, those who are not being moved are concerned about noise, magnetic waves and possible accidents. The trains for the line are built by Transrapid International, a consortium of the German companies Siemens and ThyseenKrupp. The high-speed trains zip along at 430 kilometers an hour along elevated tracks.

In a letter quoted in the German newspaper Tagesspiegel, the residents write: “The Transrapid project is curtailing the human rights of Shanghai residents, because the rights to health and existence are being ignored.” [Full text]

March 13, 2007 8:55 PM
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