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Building taller than law allows

Update: September, 29/2015 - 09:10
The Ha Noi People's Committee issued an urgent message to the city's Planning and Architecture Department and the People's Committee of Ba Dinh District to inspect a construction site at 67 Tran Phu Street to ensure the building is no higher than the allowable 11 storeys.— Photo vnexpress.net

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi People's Committee issued an urgent message to the city's Planning and Architecture Department and the People's Committee of Ba Dinh District to inspect a construction site at 67 Tran Phu Street to ensure the building is no higher than the allowable 11 storeys.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered the city administration last Friday to submit a report by Wednesday detailing the height of the building, which previously had an address of 8B Le Truc Street. His action was in response to a September 15 article in the Nang Luong Moi (Petrotimes) newspaper, which reported that the 17-storey building was found to be higher than both the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the National Assembly building in Ba Dinh District.

According to a decision signed by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in 2013, which gave the green light to a master-plan adjustment of Ba Dinh Administrative and Political Centre by 2020, the maximum height of buildings in the district was only allowed to be 11 storeys.

The building at 67 Tran Phu Street is about 60 metres in height with five storeys used as a trade centre and 12 storeys used for offices and apartments, while the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is only 21.6 metres in height.

The construction of the building started in 2014, and although it was scheduled to be finished in the second quarter of this year, it has yet to be completed. The building, covering 5,600 square metres, is financed by the Kinh Do TCI Group and is being offered for sale and rent.

Nguyen Quoc Hung, vice chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, was assigned director of the planning and architecture department to lead the inspection team in checking the regulations related to planning and architecture at the construction site.. — VNS

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