The Hanoi government Friday issued a directive ordering local authorities to initiate procedures to demolish super-slim houses, many of which are just two meters wide but towering five stories high.
A super-slim house in Hai Ba Trung district
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According to the directive signed by deputy chairperson of the city People’s Committee Phi Thai Binh, buildings not meeting certain space standards will be subject to clearance based on a roadmap.
The directly also told authorities across Hanoi to get tough on retarded construction projects
Besides, the Committee required agencies to submit to it a list of buildings or construction projects failing space standards by March 10.
Slim houses or flat houses (nha mong) are just two or even less meters in frontage width but could be five stories high. Such buildings can be found in Nga Tu So (So Intersection), Kiem Lien-O Cho Dua area, or on Van Cao, Dao Tan, and Giang Van Minh streets.
They can also be spotted on the junction of Khuat Duy Tien and Le Van Luong streets or on Nguyen Trai Street or in Thanh Xuan, Hai Ba Trung, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, Dong Da and Tu Liem districts.
In total, the capital boasts 179 houses and land lots with unsuitable or even impossible shapes, said Nguyen Khac Tho, deputy director of the Hanoi Department of Construction earlier revealed.
Slim houses come into being after their original full-sized versions were partially demolished to make way for road expansion projects. Their remains were then renovated and in some cases when space was lacking, expanded upwards.
The flat buildings can also arise from the fact that they were built on strangely-shaped land lots that have been narrowed or distorted from too much urban zoning.
Such plots should have been sold to neighbors but due to land prices rising by the minute, their owners are understandably reluctant and constructed temporary, slender houses just as a means to watch over the land or simply to assert their ownership status.
According to the Law on Construction effective as of February 28, 2005, construction of a house is not allowed if it covers less than 15m2 , has the width of less than 3m and is less than 3m from the roadside marker.
No more than two stories can be built if the base covers from 15m2 to less than 40m2 and is less than 3m in width.