Motorists struggle on a sidewalk in Ho Chi Minh City as an urban development project is taking up big part of the roadway, surrounding it with iron fences
Ho Chi Minh City has blacklisted 443 constructors who will not be given new jobs or allowed to continue current work as punishment for failing to pay fines resulting from delayed or unapproved projects.
Nguyen Bat Han, deputy chief inspector of the city Transport Department, said in a Tuesday report posted by news website VnExpress that the contractors were involved in major undertakings such as the urban development project, the East-West Highway, the environmental improvement project at local canals, and the water and power system projects.
By the end of last year, they owed nearly VND6.7 billion (US$321,730) in unpaid fines, Han said.
Japanese contractor Obayashi, which joined the East-West Highway project and worked directly on the Saigon River Tunnel, the first underwater tunnel in Southeast Asia, topped the list, owing VND410 million in fines for 112 violations.
The Vietnamese joint venture of the Housing and Urban Development Corporation and the Water Electrical Mechanical Installation and Construction followed with 89 violations worth VND371 million.
TOA Construction Corporation, also of Japan, came third with nearly VND340 million in fines for 69 violations.
Several other contractors also owed the city nearly VND550 million for damages caused to streetlights and traffic signs, the city department said. It said the city authorities have repaired the damages in the interests of public safety as the companies refused take responsibility.
The blacklist has been sent to district governments and urban traffic management centers, with instructions for them not to offer those contractors any new projects until they pay their fines.
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