Twelve villas illegally built at the Ocean View Nha Trang project in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam are currently undergoing demolition due to exceeding their designated number of floors.
Authorities in Nha Trang City, the capital of Khanh Hoa, began dismantling five out of the 12 villas in question earlier this month, using the city’s budget to cover the total cost of over VND9.7 billion (US$397,800), according to Nguyen Cong Danh, chairman of the People’s Committee of Vinh Truong Ward, where the property is located.
The Nha Trang administration expects to collect the fees from the villa owners later.
Owners who do not pay the fees will see their bank accounts frozen and their land plots unavailable for any transactions.
The owners of the remaining seven villas have pulled down their structures themselves.
|An overview of the Ocean View Nha Trang project in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: T.B. / Tuoi Tre|
Construction of Ocean View began in 2009, approximately three kilometers away from the center of Nha Trang.
Out of the 69 villas within the project, 15 breached regulations related to excessive floor count, incorrect planning, and construction density.
At the end of 2021, Nha Trang authorities instructed the project investor, Thien Nhan II Trading and Services Co. Ltd., to remove these unauthorized structures.
However, only three villas have been dismantled with insufficient funds cited as the reason for the delay in the demolition process.
|Workers dismantle a villa illegally built at the Ocean View Nha Trang project in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam. Photo: T.B. / Tuoi Tre|
Authorities in Khanh Hoa declared that the removal of unlawful buildings will continue until the end of 2024.
During the implementation of the project, Nguyen Viet Hung, chairman and director at Thien Nhan II, engaged in fraudulent activities and misappropriated property belonging to 13 victims that totaled VND28.7 trillion ($1.17 billion).
In June 2023, Hung was convicted and sentenced to an 18-year prison term by the People’s Court of Khanh Hoa Province.