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City to replace 29 unsafe buildings

Update: June, 22/2015 - 09:31
According to a construction department report, in 2011-15 the city demolished 270,000 square metres of dilapidated apartments, but this accounted for only 60 per cent of the target. — Photo vnexpress

HCM CITY (VNS) — Ho Chi Minh City will pull down 29 dilapidated or ageing apartment buildings and build new ones in their place by 2020, according to Deputy Director of the municipal Construction Department Nguyen Van Danh.

He said priority would be given to buildings assessed at below 55 per cent safety.

They include Nguyen Tat Thanh and Truc Giang Buildings in District 4, Tan Da-Ham Tu in District 5, 148 Nguyen Dinh Chieu in District 3, 96 Ngo Gia Tu in District 10, Co Giang in District 1, and Thanh Da in Binh Thanh District.

According to a construction department report, in 2011-15 the city demolished 270,000 square metres of dilapidated apartments, but this accounted for only 60 per cent of the target.

Danh blamed the slow progress on several reasons like residents' delay in moving out of old buildings, the prolonged housing market slump, the economic situation, and lack of housing for resettlement.

The city now has 1,244 apartment buildings, of which 533 with over 50,000 units predate 1975 and need to be renovated or demolished.

Thousands of families live in dread of a building collapse and endure leaking roofs.

Many of the apartments, some dating back to the early 1960s, are too small and families have to cook in hallways, creating potential fire hazards, and hang wet clothes dangerously close to electricity cables.

Faced with the situation, Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, has instructed the construction department to seek policies from the city administration for attracting non-state economic sectors to participate in renovating ageing apartment buildings. — VNS

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