Building near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum must have top stories removed: city

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The building near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Photo credit: VTC
The government of Hanoi has ordered the developer of a building near the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to pull down any parts that exceed the permitted height. 
The Hanoi People’s Committee said Le Truc Garment Company must quickly remove the illegally constructed portion of Discovery Complex II, a commercial and office building complex that is almost completed.
Local authorities will step in if the developer fails to do so, it said. 
The building is now 69 meters, while the height in the approved design is only 53 meters.
The building is located at 8B Le Truc Street, around 500 meters from the mausoleum, which is only 21.6 meters high.
The project attracted public attention after local media reported about its towering height.
According to authorities, projects near the historic Ba Dinh Square should not be taller than and overshadow the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
On September 25, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung ordered the Hanoi government to inspect the building to see if it met requirements related to architecture and construction planning.
Hanoi inspectors last week reported to the government that the developer of the project had been fined for violating construction rules multiple times between 2010 and 2015.
Apart from the extended height, the developer also illegally expanded the area of construction from 29,874 square meters to 36,000 square meters, they said.
The Hanoi government has ordered the Construction Department to revise the responsibility of the developer and punish it for the wrongdoings.
Le Truc Garment Company has sent a written apology to the Prime Minister and the Hanoi People’s Committee and promised to follow instructions to remove the illegal part of the building.

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