A company in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang has been fined VND40 million (US$1,765) for constructing 40 villa-mansions without a building permit.
The municipal People‘s Committee decided to impose the penalty on the Bien Tien Sa JSC for their violation on Monday afternoon.
The Bien Tien Sa JSC has laid the foundation of some 40 villas, as part of the Bien Tien Sa eco-resort project, all without proper building approval, on Son Tra Peninsula.
Huynh Duc Tho, chairman of the Da Nang administration, has ordered that the construction be ceased until the necessary paperwork is completed.
Relevant authorities will inspect all components of the project even after the formal permission is issued, Tho asserted, adding that the entire construction will be removed if further violations are revealed.
According to Tran Van Dung, chief inspector of the municipal Department of Construction, the Bien Tien Sa project was first approved in 2009 following an environmental impact assessment completed in 2007.
However, before the project was executed, the developer made some adjustments to the original design, requiring new documentation related to its environmental evaluation.
The paperwork was submitted on February 17, 2017, but was later refused due to the lack of several elements.
Instead of adding the missing sections to the environmental impact assessment, the company went ahead with its construction.
Tran Van Phuong, deputy director of the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, confirmed that the land on which the villas were being built was located in the economic development area.
During a meeting with the local administration, Nguyen Thanh Son, general director of Bien Tien Sa JSC, admitted that the firm had acted ahead of proper procedure.
Son promised to finalize all necessary paperwork, expressing his hope that the construction would be allowed to resume and maintain its schedule.