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Ministry cracks down on building problems

Update: October, 06/2014 - 09:10
The Ministry of Construction is seeking ways to deal with construction work that damages or has the potential to damage nearby structures.— Photo plo.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Construction is seeking ways to deal with construction work that damages or has the potential to damage nearby structures.

It wants projects that threaten other buildings in any way to be forced to halt until compensation is agreed and paid.

The proposed procedure would allow stakeholders to negotiate an agreement. If they can't, the local Chairman of the People's Committee will serve as mediator.

After two unsuccessful negotiation sessions in the presence of the local Chairman of the People's Committee, stakeholders may opt to hire an authorised party to determine any damage done to structures and the amount of compensation due.

If stakeholders are still unable to reach an agreement, the People's Committee Chairman will calculate the compensation based on the average of previous evaluations.

Once the amount is determined, project owners will have to deposit the amount in full before being allowed to continue work.

If all attempts at a settlement fail, stakeholders may then proceed to file for a court decision.

In cases where extensive damage has been caused and a structure is in danger of collapse endangering the lives of residents, project owners will have to cover relocation and accommodation expenses for residents involved.

Construction sites will be shut down until this money is paid or the damage is repaired. This includes activities that cause damage to the environment or public infrastructure.

The proposed new rules is part of the ministry's endeavours to address disputes caused by construction projects that continually annoy, inconvenience or endanger the lives of people.

In March, citizens of Ky Lam ward in the central province of Quang Nam set up barriers to stop trucks from transporting building materials to a bridge project being built by contractor Cienco4-Thang Long.

The vibrations from the heavily loaded trucks caused substantial damage to residential houses along the road, degraded the living environment with dust and noise and destroyed parts of the road.

The local People's Committee negotiated and reached an agreement with the contractor on compensation for those affected. — VNS

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