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Ha Noi apartments fit to burst

Update: May, 28/2015 - 08:56
Coffee shops and restaurants encroach the pavement of Viet Hung Apartment Complex in Ha Noi's Long Bien District. Many residents have complained about their living conditions due to high density of living and poor facilities. — VNS Photo Doan Tung

HA NOI (VNS) — Many people living in Ha Noi's apartment buildings have complained about cramped and stuffy conditions caused by high density living and poor facilities.

Many are trying to sell and move to more people-friendly locations.

Pham Minh Tuyet, a resident in a building in the BEMES Kien Hung Apartment Complex in Ha Dong District said she was trying to sell her 60-square-metre apartment.

"The residential garage area is so small that it can only hold motorbikes. Those who own cars must park around the building or even in child play areas," she said.

"I sometimes have to ask for help to get my motorbike out because everything is jammed in so tight," Tuyet said.

She said she was also annoyed that the elevator was full of people in the mornings and afternoons.

The building complex consists of three buildings on one hectare. There are 22 apartments on each floor.

Dai Thanh apartment complex in Thanh Tri District's Ta Thanh Oai Commune is in a similar situation. About 13,000 people are living in six buildings covering two hectares. The small yard next to each building is the only open space for residents, but it has been taken over by household businesses.

In Kim Van-Kim Lu Apartment Complex in Hoang Mai District, residents in CT12B Building complained about a parking area built for 4,000 motorbikes but actually stores up to 6,000.

Pham Giang, a resident in CT12B Building said he moved into his 54.3 square-metre apartment last December, but is now trying to sell or rent.

Ngo Doan Duc, former vice chairman of the Viet Nam Architecture Association, said that apartment investors focused on sales and forgot about creating a comfortable and convenient living environment.

He said many investors even asked to use the land fund for public areas to build more buildings or villas. This is why many apartment buildings lack public areas, such as halls, parks and cultural rooms.

The building of schools and kindergartens was also often left to last or forgotten.

Duc blamed the situation on bad management by authorised agencies that grant licences for the projects.

Pham Sy Lien, vice chairman of Viet Nam Construction Association, said the law only required a building licence and did not require certificate of completion. This created a loophole that investors would use to change their initial design and make more profit.

Deputy Minister of Construction Nguyen Tran Nam has asked the municipal Construction Department to re-examine the granting of licences to projects. — VNS

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