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Residential bars, karaoke clubs disturb the peace

Update: December, 10/2015 - 09:13
A beer club locates at the first floor of an apartment block in Pham Ngoc Thach Street, Ha Noi. The city residents living in apartment blocks or residential buildings have increasingly voiced complaints against karaoke bars for disturbing their lives. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi residents living in apartment blocks or residential buildings have increasingly voiced complaints against karaoke bars for disturbing their lives.

Since the passage of the 2014 guiding decree of the amended housing law, which allows karaoke bars and clubs in residential buildings, the number of karaoke bars and clubs have mushroomed, according to a construction ministry official.

For Nguyen Thi Hoa, a resident in 165 Thai Ha residential building, she was surprised by what she saw when she visited the beer club in her building. The club turned on DJ music and female dancers in sexy dresses danced around customers just like in a night club, she told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.

She also voiced concerns about the safety of the club, "Customers have to use elevators since it's located on floor M of the building. It only has one exit so I think it would be difficult to evacuate customers in case of a fire."

Thanh Dung, another resident of the building, said that sometimes the parking lot was so full she had to find somewhere outside the building to store her motorbike.

"The beer club gets too many customers in the evening and they all park their vehicles in the building parking lot," she said.

At a different luxury apartment block on Nui Truc Street, an active beer club hosts many big events just like a night club, explained customer Nguyen Van Nam.

"It hosted a Sexy Fashion Show with the participation of many famous domestic and foreign models," he said.

Many residents in apartment block voiced their worries over safety since, like the other beer club, it also has only one exit. They complained that the club negatively effected their lives.

Building resident Cong Minh said that last week when he left at midnight to catch a train to his hometown, he saw a group of youngsters in sexy clothes squabbling in front of the building.

"When I saw them, it seemed that they were going to use fists to solve their disagreement. I felt disappointed and worried about my children's development. If they see situations like that regularly, it might spoil them," Minh said.

Nguyen Tri Dung, deputy director of Ha Noi's construction department, said that bars and clubs in residential buildings could negatively effect residents' lives and safety.

While the 2014 guiding circular does allow karaoke bars and beer clubs, they are confined to service floors usually situated in the basement and separated from residents' apartments, and must meet safety regulations to be licensed.

For Hoa on Thai Ha street or Minh on Nui Truc, the beer clubs have not followed regulations.

Deputy director of Ha Noi's Fire Prevention Department, Nguyen Van Son, said there had been no recorded fire incidents in karaoke bars or clubs in residential buildings in Ha Noi.

"Fire cases have occurred only in bars and clubs located in a separate building, not ones in residential buildings or apartment blocks," he said.

If the disgruntled residents are hopping to ban karaoke or beer bars from their building, they will face resistance.— VNS

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