A traffic hurdle for 14 years, this Shanghai nail house in middle of highway finally demolished; here is what it took

By: | Published: September 20, 2017 3:29 PM

After blocking traffic on a major highway for 14 long years, a notorious 'nail house' in Shanghai has finally been demolished, The Telegraph reported.

The home needed to be demolished to make way for a road-widening scheme which would facilitate a four-lane traffic in the area but the owners refused to comply. (Representative image AP)

After blocking traffic on a major highway for 14 long years, a notorious ‘nail house’ in Shanghai has finally been demolished, The Telegraph reported. The home needed to be demolished to make way for a road-widening scheme which would facilitate a four-lane traffic in the area but the owners refused to comply. The owners of the property for years refused to move out of the area despite being offered compensation. Following their obstinate stand, for years this inconveniently placed house stood in the middle of the road forcing motorists to slow down and even change direction.

So-called “Nail houses” are those properties whose stubborn house owners refuse to make way for the construction of large projects. When these homeowners refuse to give up their properties in exchange for monetary compensation, that is when the developers come up with innovative ideas to build their projects around the house. According to local media reports, the house which was demolished in the middle of the night took at least 90 minutes. The excavators after taking down the house sprayed water on the site to reduce dust.

After agreeing on a revised compensation deal with the local authorities, the owners finally agreed to move out of the place. In exchange for space, a compensation of four flats and 2.7 million yuan (£300,000) was offered.

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