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Building site inspections fall well short of what's needed

Update: January, 31/2012 - 09:41


A low-income residential area for workers in Ha Noi's Dong Anh District. Officials said that poor management of construction quality by State agencies resulted in low-quality buildings. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh
HA NOI — Experts are calling for quality inspections at construction sites to be enhanced, saying that only around 10 per cent of such projects throughout the country are inspected every year.

According to State Authority for Construction Quality Inspection deputy director Pham Tien Van, quality inspections failed to cover about 45,000 construction projects last year.

He added that of those which were inspected, only 0.3 per cent were found with quality-related problems, which raised the question of whether the figure would rise if all projects were inspected.

Deputy director of the Consultant and Inspection Joint Stock Company of Construction Technology and Equipment (CONINCO) Le Huu Truong said the limitations and weakness in the construction quality management of State agencies resulted in the construction of many low-quality buildings.

Quality-related problems were mainly revealed in resettlement housing projects or traffic projects, which must adhere to strict quality supervision.

"Another key factor is the low capacity of evaluating contractors, which can lead to poor designation of contractors who may lack the experience to properly implement the projects," Truong said.

According to Van, legal documents on construction quality inspection must be completed to improve the situation as well as raising the capacity of the State agencies in carrying out inspections on projects to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.

In addition, clarification was needed to clarify the role and responsibility of contractors and State agencies, and violations of construction quality regulations must also be strictly dealt with. — VNS

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