Guangdong newspapers yesterday named and shamed dozens of 'nail house' owners who rejected government payouts and relocation schemes, delaying construction for next year's Asian Games in Guangzhou. The reports quoted a contractor saying the delay could cost the project 7 million yuan (HK$8 million) a day if villagers refused to relocate before next month. Thirty-two households in Foshan's Shunde district were asked to make way for an expressway between Taiyuan and Macau and a light-rail line linking Guangzhou and Zhuhai - projects that form part of preparations for the Games. Nail houses are usually single dwellings that remain after surrounding buildings have been cleared to make way for infrastructure projects. Their owners are usually residents forced to surrender their property for low amounts of compensation. Owners have regularly turned to the mainland media for help, but this time the newspapers have sided with the developers. Contractors from the two projects aired their grievances in a government-organised media tour. They insisted that holdouts were hindering authorities from hosting a successful Asian Games and had caused more than 5 million yuan in company losses since construction stopped in August, the Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday. A contractor surnamed Gong complained that more than 400 bridge piers were piled up in warehouses, and production had been suspended at a pier factory because there was no more space to store the materials. He said he expected public criticism would pressure the owners to move out. The newspaper said the families gave 'ridiculous reasons' for holding out against government eviction and had unreasonable expectations of compensation. But the owners had said they would move out once authorities agreed to pay the market price for their properties. 'The developer only offered me 1,600 yuan per square metre in compensation, while my neighbour who owned a similar house got 60 per cent more. It's unfair,' a villager surnamed He told the Southern Metropolis News. Another homeowner, surnamed Liang, complained that his family had to give up a 300 square metre house for 300,000 yuan in compensation. He said villagers who had agreed to the deals and moved into government-built houses found construction faults that risked their safety. Officials denied the claims about insufficient compensation. 'Some relocated villagers told nail house owners that they got much higher compensation to show off their bargaining abilities,' an official said.