Construction of a high-rise apartment building in Hanoi has been suspended and the builders fined US$24,000 for working without a permit since 2009.
The suspension was handed out by inspectors from the Ministry of Construction after work at Sakura Tower in Thanh Xuan District was continued despite three stop orders given by local inspectors last year.
Hung Tien Kim Son JSC, the investor, received the highest fine for administrative violations in construction, the report said.
Work at the 21-story, 86 meter high tower began in 2009 on an area of nearly 2,700 square meters. Construction is expected to completed by the end of this year.
Trinh Ba Uy, a district inspector, said the investor continued construction even after water and power supply to the site had been cut.
"The investor might have been under pressure because they'd already sold the apartments," Uy said.
Tran Viet Ngoc, deputy chief construction inspector of Hanoi, said local authorities were responsible for letting the illegal construction go on for a long time.