Airport residents say noise work will make lives worse

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 September, 2010, 12:00am

Shanghai residents again protested against noise pollution from Hongqiao International Airport yesterday as sound-insulation barriers were installed on the outside walls of their flats, saying they would make living conditions even worse.

Scaffolding was erected on one block in the Shashen New Village complex, just a few hundred metres from the airport, on Monday. About 200 residents were demonstrating at the municipal government headquarters at the time.

Some residents said the workers would not have dared enter the block if they had not been absent because most residents opposed the project.

One poster put up in the complex yesterday accused officials of corruption and said wrapping their homes in sound insulation would turn the building into a prison.

One resident, who would not give her name, said the average outdoor sound level in the complex was 81.9 decibels, according to a Tsinghua University testing centre in June, significantly higher than the maximum 60 decibels the national standard allows for the outdoor environment of a residential complex.

Residents were worried that after the insulation was installed the airport would allow even more planes to fly over their heads, she said.

'The outside environment is also important to us,' she said. 'We can't stay inside the apartment all the time.'

Police took two women protesters from Monday's protest, one in her 50s and the other 64.

The older woman said she was dragged into a police minivan and beaten up by four officers after she told police trying to break up the protest that their attitude was not appropriate.