Building construction work halted over safety concerns

Update: November, 17/2015 - 17:00
Cranes operating in 87 Lĩnh Nam project have severely affected residents and buildings nearby. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ha Noi's Hoang Mai District People's Committee ordered the construction work of an office and condominium project to be suspended on Monday, as it has severely affected the buildings nearby.

The project at 87 Linh Nam Street involves the construction of a high-rise business centre, office and condominium project.

Nguyen Thi Huong, a resident living near the construction site, told Viet Nam News that rocks falling from a crane had damaged the roofs of many houses.

"Not only that, grease from the crane has fallen onto the nearby roofs several times, posing a significant fire and explosion risk if electrical appliances catch fire," Huong said.

Nguyen Duong Tuan, a resident of No 20, Lane 85, said his four-storey house was damaged at several places, and the sanitation area was filled with water and could not be used.

The walls of many other houses have been ripped apart in several places.

Document No. 8972 / 25.09.2015 SXD-GDCL of the Ha Noi Construction Department, sent to the developers of the project, clearly says the cranes that affect local traffic and neighbouring buildings are allowed to operate only between 10pm and 6am. Plus, there must be adequate number of warning systems and instructors to ensure traffic safety. The operators also have to boost checks to ensure the cranes are safe to operate.

However, observers said the cranes were still being blatantly operated outside the permitted time-frame.

Deputy Chairman of the District People's Committee Nguyen Duc Hai asked Mai Dong Ward to immediately stop the operation of the cranes as the developers had not submitted plans to temporarily move households out of the affected area.

After all the residents are moved out, the developers have to comply with the time frame set by the city's construction department. "Mai Dong Ward authorities will be responsible to the district if the violations continue," Hai said.

Referring to the damage caused to local residents' property by the Linh Nam project, Hai said the developers had to coordinate with the ward People's Committee to prepare a compensation plan for the local people by November 25.

If the residents agree, the developers will be allowed to resume construction. But if they disagree, the construction work must be postponed.

The 2ha building, which is a joint venture of beverage company Viet Ha Corporation and the Viet Nam Engineering and Construction Joint Stock Company, will have four buildings with 19 to 30 floors. — VNS