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Illegal golf club project defies Da Lat authorities’ surveillance

Illegal golf club project defies Da Lat authorities’ surveillance

Wednesday, January 10, 2024, 17:08 GMT+7
Illegal golf club project defies Da Lat authorities’ surveillance
A drone’s view of an illegally-built golf club project on Cu Hill in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

An illegally-built golf club project is taking shape on Cu Hill in Da Lat, a renowned tourist city in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, boldly eluding the scrutiny of local authorities.

Officials in Da Lat are in the process of finalizing the necessary documents for penalty action against the investor of the project, the local DL Royal JSC, in accordance with regulations, a source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.

On Tuesday afternoon, Tuoi Tre reporters observed that the contractors of the golf club project had initiated the relocation of equipment and construction materials. 

There are two large buildings in the entire golf complex on Cu Hill.

One of them is a licensed component covering an area of 6,120 square meters.

However, during the construction process, the investor exceeded the permitted construction area by more than 3,000 square meters.

A drone’s view of an illegally-built golf club project on Cu Hill in Da Lat City, located in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Video: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

The other building, comprising four floors, lacks proper licensing and is not included in the city’s current urban planning. 

Standing from Da Lat’s iconic Xuan Huong Lake, this 4,400-square-meter structure obstructs the entire view from the lake to Langbiang Mountain. 

From the inner city, regardless of the viewer’s position, half of Langbiang Mountain is obscured by the existence of this building. 

Furthermore, it entirely blocks the star tower, a symbol of Da Lat University, which holds significant importance in the hearts of Da Lat residents.

A 4,400-square-meter building within an illegally-built golf club project on Cu Hill obstructs the entire view from Xuan Huong Lake to Langbiang Mountain in Da Lat City, Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

A 4,400-square-meter building within an illegally-built golf club project on Cu Hill obstructs the entire view from Xuan Huong Lake to Langbiang Mountain in Da Lat City, situated in Vietnam’s Central Highlands province of Lam Dong. Photo: Mai Vinh / Tuoi Tre

Previously, in April 2023, the People’s Committee of Da Lat City discovered the mentioned violations and requested the investor to cease construction. 

Despite this, DL Royal JSC has persistently continued the project. 

According to architect and lawyer Nguyen Ho, a member of the executive committee of the Ho Chi Minh City Association of Architects, evaluating this project solely from the perspective of illegality is insufficient. 

It is crucial to consider the violations in the context of distorting the city planning approved by the prime minister, misdirecting construction activities, and compromising the architecture and landscape of the buffer zone of Xuan Huong Lake, which was recognized as a national scenic spot in 1988.

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