|Authorities handle a violated construction project in Ha Noi. In the two years since the city's authorities started to tighten its management of construction projects, the city has seen a sharp decline in the number of unauthorised construction in comparison to previous years. — Photo vietnamnet.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — In the two years since Ha Noi's authorities started to tighten its management of construction projects, the city has seen a sharp decline in the number of unauthorised construction in comparison to previous years, with the construction authority reporting that permits are now given to more than 90 per cent of construction projects.
The head of the city's Construction Inspection Agency Nguyen Viet Dung said his agency has inspected more than 2,000 construction projects in the first nine months of the year, the Nhan dan (People) newspaper reported. This year also marked the second year since the city chose its motto as "Year of urban order and discipline".
However, violations including making unauthorised changes and additions to projects' original plans have been on the rise and have become more common in recent years such as the commercial and office building project at 8B Le Truc, Ba Dinh District or the commercial and apartment complex project at 250 Minh Khai, Hai Ba Trung District, which attracted a great amount of attention in the public.
In addition, the People newspaper reported an additional 11 units more than what were approved in the original investment license at the Euroland project in Ha Dong District. It also reported numerous other violations including misuse of public space and utility buildings in numerous other projects in the city.
The fact that violations could be found in almost every single project once again raised the public's concern over the city's authority competence or willingness to deal with investors, who deliberately erected illegal buildings or misused public space for their personal gain.
In recent meetings to discuss projects at 8B Le Truc and 250 Minh Khai, the projects' investors were reported to have said they were willing to comply with the city's order to demolish parts of the structures which was found to be illegal.
Head of the city's People Council Committee on Legal Affairs Nguyen Hoai Nam said there were still numerous loopholes and shortcomings in regards of the co-operation between inspection agencies and local authorities. It has led to incidents in which investors were fined for their violations but nothing was done later to prevent them from fishing the illegal constructions.
He noted that construction violations were detrimental to the city's effort to maintain urban planning, landscape and architectural integrity. As a fast-growing city, Ha Noi must strive to improve its management capacity of construction projects to avoid incurring large amounts of social costs as well as public discontent associated with those violations. — VNS