|A total of 194 projects were ordered to be demolished. — Photo anninhthudo
HA NOI (VNS) — More than 1,000 building violations were reported in Ha Noi in the first half of this year.
Nearly 20 per cent of the illegal or improper work had to be demolished.
After inspecting more than 7,000 buildings, authorities found a total of 1,162 offences. More than half of them related to work that had not been approved.
Inspectors decided to suspend the construction of 814 buildings and impose financial penalties on the owners of another 213.
A total of 194 projects were ordered to be demolished.
"The buildings, mostly on the outskirts of Ha Noi in the districts of Chuong My, Gia Lam, Me Linh and Thanh Oai, were built without official permits," said the chief inspector of Ha Noi Construction Department, Phan Van Bao.
He added that this was because district people's committees had not issued specific regulations about securing permits for construction in residential areas.
Bao added that amid growing urbanisation, rural people were constantly migrating to the big cities and were not fully aware of urban construction regulations. They were often used to building homes without official permission.
Building projects that violated their permits were mostly located in inner Ha Noi, where building owners make the most of living space to maximise profits.
Ha Noi Construction Department will submit to the People's Committee a proposal that double financial penalties be imposed on construction violations to address spontaneous urban development. — VNS