Prime Minister wants strict penalty for Hanoi building with excessive height

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The building has been found exceeding the permitted height. Graphic: Tien Thanh/VnExpress The building has been found exceeding the permitted height. Graphic: Tien Thanh/VnExpress

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has ordered the developer of a building in Hanoi which was found exceeding the permitted height to set a date for the demolition of its top stories, VnExpress reported.
Previously, the Hanoi government ordered Le Truc Garment Company to quickly remove the illegally constructed portion of Discovery Complex II, a commercial and office building complex that is almost completed. But the city did not specify when the investor must finish the task. 
The building is now 69 meters, while the height in the approved design is only 53 meters.
It is located at 8B Le Truc Street, around 500 meters from the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which is only 21.6 meters high.
The project attracted public attention after local media reported about its towering height.
The building is located near the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi's Ba Dinh District.
According to authorities, projects near the historic Ba Dinh Square should not be taller than and overshadow the mausoleum.
On September 25, PM Dung ordered the Hanoi government to inspect the building to see if it met requirements related to architectural and constructional planning.
Hanoi inspectors later reported 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.
PM Dung said the case demonstrated weak management of local authorities regarding urban construction and violators must be strictly punished.

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