HCM City grapples with high-rises

September, 26/2017 - 09:00

A high-rise boom in ever-growing HCM City is posing new management challenges for authorities, a construction official reported yesterday.

HCM City’s economy grew by 8 per cent in the first nine months of the year.— Photo thoibaotaichinhvietnam.vn
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — A high-rise boom in ever-growing HCM City is posing new management challenges for authorities, a construction official reported yesterday.

Speaking at a nine-month review meeting on the southern city’s socio-economic development, the municipal Department of Construction Director Trần Trọng Tuấn said that approximately eight to 10 per cent of apartment buildings in the city were witnessing major conflicts between either the building’s investor and its management board or the investor and the apartment residents.

Tuấn said the disputes usually arise over the use of the apartment management fund, which makes up part of the sum apartment buyers pay to investors for their future home.

The investors often receive the apartment management/maintenance fee as part of the total sale price of an apartment are supposed to transfer the money to the building’s management board, but often investors do not transfer the fee in a timely manner, leading to the conflicts.

The amount of the fund varies in each building.

“The management cost could be between five and seven million đồng (US$220 to 310) in some buildings. But there were also some having extremely large funds, about a few dozens of billion đồng, or even up to VNĐ70 billion,” Tuan said.

The two new developing districts of Tân Phú and Tân Bình accounted for a remarkable number of such conflicts, he added.

“Some conflicts happen at apartments still under construction or even at projects yet to be built,” Tuấn said.

While the State management role is quite limited according to the law, the investors were granted considerable leeway to oversee their projects, which left the authorities little room to handle the issue.

The construction department had to set up a specific force to handle such conflicts, Tuấn said, and was planning to open training workshops for members of any apartment management board in the city to better prepare themselves for the matter.

Construction violations

Breaches of construction regulations are extremely common among high-rise projects in HCM City, Tuấn said at the review meeting, noting that up to 10 per cent of high-rises were found to have broken the law.

The rate in individual housing was much lower, at two to three per cent.

“It is like a ticking bomb with authorities unable to know when it will blow up,” he said.

According to the latest report of the HCM City People’s Committee, 51,557 construction projects were inspected over the first three quarters of this year. Within those projects, 1,695 violations in construction were found, an increase of 24 per cent compared to the same period last year.

There were some 830 cases where builders had failed to obtain a construction licence, while 557 had licences but completed projects not in accordance with the terms of their licence. The breaches were up by 35.6 and 15.1 per cent, respectively, over last year’s.

Economic growth

HCM City’s economy grew at 8 per cent in the first nine months of the year.

Speaking at the same meeting yesterday, Trần Vĩnh Tuyến, deputy chairman of the city People’s Committee, said: “The city has tried hard to speed up administrative reforms, resolve difficulties faced by the business community and encourage start-up companies.”

This year some 29,921 new companies with a combined registered capital of VNĐ615 trillion ($27.3 billion) have been licensed, a 70.4 per cent increase year-on-year.

FDI increased by 64.3 per cent to $3.71 billion.

In September, automation and manufacturing attracted the largest proportion of FDI -- 51 per cent and $471 million.

Job creation, vocational training and support for people living below the poverty line were carried out efficiently to ensure social welfare.

The city’s four key industries -- engineering and automation; electronics; chemicals, rubber and plastics; and food processing -- continued to perform strongly, expanding markets, investing in technology and improving quality and competitiveness.

The city focused on attracting investment in the high-tech sector and providing human resource training.

Trade promotion, land clearance and environmental protection were stepped up at the Sài Gòn High-tech Park (SHTP).

The SHTP exported products worth $7.15 billion in the first nine months, an increase of 60.7 per cent.

The meeting heard that there has been great success in renovating administration, especially at the Department of Planning and Investment, where investors can now register their business online.

Over 1,242 businesses used the facility to successfully register.

From now through the end of this year authorities will step up their vigil to ensure prices of essential goods remain steady. — VNS