The planners of the Shanghai-Hangzhou magnetic levitation (maglev) rail project will design the proposed route to avoid residential buildings and lessen the impact of radiation upon people, according to a municipal government official.
“The maglev project has basically two environmental effects: noise and magnetic radiation,” said Zhang Quan, deputy director of the Shanghai Environmental Bureau.
A maglev train generates high levels of noise at speeds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour. “A possible solution for the noise problem may be slowing the train in downtown areas and speeding it up when it leaves urban districts,” said Zhang.
Approved by the central government in March 2006, the 175-km Shanghai-Hangzhou maglev rail project is estimated to cost 35 billion yuan (4.5 billion U.S. dollars). Trains will be able to reach a speed of 450 km per hour.
Shanghai maglev rail route may detour to avoid residences_English_Xinhua.
Proposed plan changes will make it harder to build in the basin’s rural areas. But, nearly 70 areas have been identified where small five to 10 house developments, called nodes, may be permitted.
Gaining Mackenzie District Council consent would require meeting appearance, placement, size and design criteria.
Approval to notify the plan change was not granted at yesterday’s meeting because extra survey data was needed. The meeting reconvenes on Friday with the intention to gain approval.
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NEW ORLEANS — The few rebuilt homes on this Gentilly block are surrounded by debris-dotted and weed-choked empty lots, or houses abandoned after Hurricane Katrina.
In Gentilly and many neighborhoods, uncertainty hangs like a thick fog nearly 28 months after the storm flooded 80 percent of New Orleans. “It could go one way or the other,” Karran Harper Royal says as she pulls up to her rebuilt home in Gentilly’s Oak Park. “I try to go the optimistic way.”
Neighborhoods Await Redevelopment Plan | Chron.com – Houston Chronicle.