|Violated constructions in Cau Buou new urban area, Thanh Tri District, Ha Noi. It has become common for illegal construction works to encroach on agricultural lands and public areas in some of the capital city's districts.— Photo nhandan.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — It has become common for illegal construction works to encroach on agricultural lands and public areas in some of the capital city's districts.
Local authorities have not dealt with the problem completely, according to Nhan Dan (The People) newspaper.
People living in Song Phuong Commune of Ha Noi's Hoai Duc District for many years were angry about construction violations, according to the newspaper.
Houses and production workshops have been built illegally in agricultural lands, public areas and dike protection corridors.
Notably, most violations were noticed by local authorities, the paper said.
Some construction works were forced to dismantle, but in a short time, the violations have returned.
This made local people think there was a cover-up by local authorities, the newspaper said.
Head of Phuong Vien Agricultural Co-operative Nguyen Cong Kien said since 2014 the co-operative had reported cultivated land encroachment to the authorities. But the reports were neglected.
Another case of illegal construction causing fury among locals occurred at the commune's kindergarten.
The VND5billion (US$225,000) kindergarten was completed four years ago, but has not been put into operation because a production workshop was barring the entrance.
The unused kindergarten became dilapidated, while there was a lack of schools for the local kids.
Construction regulations were violated more frequently in the commune recently.
Many large-scale production workshops were built on agricultural land in front of the commune's People's Committee office.
The same situation occurred in Cau Buou New Residential Area in Tan Trieu and Thanh Liet Commune of Thanh Tri District, the newspaper said.
Many houses were built with licenses.
According to inspection results from the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment, there have been 63 illegal construction works in the Cau Buou New Residential Area. Most of the works were three-to-four-storey houses.
The district's People's Committee said that the violations were serious and responsibility was taken by local construction inspectors, the communes' authorities and the residential area's investors.
The district's People's Committee required the removal of illegal houses, but so far only some makeshift shacks were dismantled.
According to statistics from Ha Noi's Construction Department, 3,000 works have violated construction regulations throughout the capital city since 2014.
In the first half of the year, the construction inspection force discovered 1,300 violation cases.
At present, many cases were not handled, due to a lack of co-operation between construction inspectors and local authorities, the newspaper said. — VNS