New constructions denied licences after fire safety violations

Tuesday, Dec 08, 2015 17:49

The CT4 buildings in Xa La urban area in Ha Noi's Ha Dong District caught fire in October 11. The building project was invested by Dien Bien Construction Company No1 of Le Thanh Than. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Ha Noi People's Committee has stopped granting investment licences for new building projects in Ha Noi to Dien Bien Construction Company No1.

The company's director is Le Thanh Than, a real estate developer in Viet Nam and chairman of the Muong Thanh Hotel Group, which has a chain of five-star Muong Thanh Hotels throughout the country and many apartment projects in Ha Noi.

The move followed an official letter No 8558/UBND-XDGT issued by the city's People's Committee, which ordered the Ha Noi Fire Fighting Police to report the results of the inspections on the fire-fighting systems in buildings projects of Than's company in Ha Noi.

The results showed that many of the construction projects funded by Dien Bien Construction Company No 1 had violated fire safety regulations. Some of them in Ha Noi had even reported incidents of fire.

The most recent incident reportedly was the fire that erupted in the basement of the 34-storey CT4 buildings in Xa La urban area in Ha Noi's Ha Dong District on October 11, damaging two parking levels in an area of 1,533 square metres.

In September, there were two other fires at Building CT5 in Xa La Urban Area and Building HH4 in Linh Dam Urban Area, both high-rise residential buildings financed by Than's company.

The causes of these fires were all blamed on negligence and ignorance of fire safety regulations by the investor and residents.

After the inspection, Ha Noi Fire Fighting Police and the city's Department of Construction instructed Than's company to implement detailed solutions to improve the fire-fighting systems at its projects.

The department and government agencies were ordered to strictly ensure that the company implemented these solutions.

Ha Noi Fire Fighting Police also proposed to Ha Noi People's Committee that the city police should impose a criminal penalty on the company if it does not follow the instructions of the government agencies in accordance with Article 240 of the Criminal Code. — VNS

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