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HCM City late to bring down weak buildings

Update: October, 22/2015 - 08:40
The inside of an old apartment building in District 5 of HCM City. Only eight out of the 25 very seriously degraded high-rise apartment buildings in the city were razed in 2011 to 2015. — Photo baodatviet.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — Only eight out of the 25 very seriously degraded high-rise apartment buildings in HCM City were razed in 2011 to 2015.

Pham Van Khuong and his family started living in Ngo Gia Tu apartments in District 10 in 1971 when it was a dream address for many people.

But it has now become a nightmare because the building is decrepit, its walls have cracks, every house gets wet when it rains and some staircases are weak and potentially very dangerous and have portions cordoned off.

It was built in 1968 on marshy land, and has gradually sunk with time.

Khuong said: "We are very nervous to live in such a run-down apartment. We cannot repair or upgrade it ourselves and hope to move out as soon as possible."

The situation is the same at most of the other apartments too. While they are waiting to be knocked down, they still house thousands of people.

Recently the city People's Committee instructed relevant agencies to review all dilapidated and dangerous buildings, especially apartments.

The city has 533 apartments built before 1975 and they house 50,640 families.

Authorities planned to destroy 445,000sq.m of apartments in 2011-15 but only managed to achieve 60 per cent of it.

The slow progress was caused by the economic and real estate market downturns, the city's failure to provide funding to inspect apartments for quality — only 40 out of 178 buildings were checked — and the lack of alternative housing for people moved out destroyed apartments. — VNS

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