City scrutinises construction projects
|Nearly 150 households
living in the Cosaco Building were urgently evacuated after the building
began to tilt due to construction of the nearby Sai Gon Residences. —
VNA/VNS Photo Trang Duong
HCM CITY — Construction
projects in HCM City will be more closely supervised, say city authorities
following this week’s damage to a residential building from a nearby
During a press meeting on
Thursday, the deputy chairman of HCM City People’s Committee, Nguyen Thanh
Tai, said stricter supervision must continue during the entire construction
Tai said a second
construction inspection would be conducted at the 12-story Sai Gon Residences
project at 11 Thi Sach Street in District 1, which is adjacent to the Cosaco
Building at 5 Nguyen Sieu Street.
All of the more than 100
residents of Cosaco Building were evacuated to safety on Wednesday after the
building began to tilt.
construction of high-rise buildings, especially those with basements, must be
better managed," said Tai.
The Sai Gon Construction
Quality Control Co., an arm of the HCM City Construction Department, will
conduct an investigation on the cause of the incident before a decision from the
city authority on whether the Cosaco Building should be demolished or restored.
Tai said the investors of
the project did not send any representative to the construction site during the
past several days, even when the adjacent Cosaco Building began to lean.
He said the city authority
had appointed the Construction Department to draft regulations on construction
management, to be completed by November 15.
Hoa Binh Construction
Corp., the contractor of the project, attributed the incident to underground
In another press meeting
earlier on Thursday, Hoa Binh explained that while their workers were building
the basement of the project at a depth of eight metres on Wednesday, underground
water seeped out and flooded the construction site.
CEO of Hoa Binh Corp, Le
Viet Hai, said he took responsibility for the incident and proposed compensation
for the damages caused to the Cosaco Building.
The 12-story Sai Gon
Residences Building is a joint venture between the Tran Phu Printing Co. and
Singapore-based Frasers CentrePoint Ltd.
Construction of the
building started in April and is scheduled to be completed in early 2009.
Nguyen Van Hiep, deputy
director of HCM City Construction Department, said the contractor of the Sai Gon
Residences Building project had "skipped certain safety steps" while
building the basement of the project.
Hiep said the contractor
only consolidated one side of the project site near the Cosaco Building and did
not place steel columns on all sides.
In June, the Construction
Department issued a decision to suspend construction of Sai Gon Residences due
to its dangerous impact on the Cosaco Building.
On October 18, the
department allowed construction of the building to resume.
The leaning of Cosaco
Building is the second serious construction incident in the city this month.
On October 9, the illegal
building of basements at the Pacific Building project led to the collapse of the
3-story Institute of Social Sciences for Southern Viet Nam, located at 49 Nguyen
Thi Minh Khai Street in District 1.
In the most recent
incident, a floor of the newly-built Luong Dinh Cua Junior High School in
District 2’s An Phu Ward suddenly sank on Thursday morning, injuring a
To ensure safety for
children, school management on Thursday suspended classes while awaiting repair.
The head of District 2’s
Education Bureau said 800 students at Luong Dinh Cua High School would resume
class on Monday. — VNS