Construction Minister asks city to inspect Phan Dinh Phung Sports House incident

Construction Minister Trinh Dinh Dung yesterday sent a dispatch to the People’s Committee in Ho Chi Minh City asking to investigate the incident of hall roof collapses in Phan Dinh Phung Sports House on September 2.

Representatives from the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism in HCMC inspect Phan Dinh Phung Sports House (Photo: SGGP)

In his dispatch, the Construction Minister asked the city authority to direct the Department of Construction and related agencies to check the structure and construction quality of the sport house ceiling.

To ensure residents’ safety, Minister Dung ordered to check all public constructions’ quality. The city’s authorities must report to the ministry before October 20.

Leaders of the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and responsible agencies yesterday arrived in Phan Dinh Phung Sports House to investigate.

In a talk with reporters yesterday, department director Phan Nguyen Nhu Khue said that this was unexpected incident which badly affected more or less the country’s image in the eye of international athletes and the Badminton World Federation.

After the incident, the Department will inspect the construction quality of all sport houses in the city, especially these constructions built for 2003 for Sea Games 22 event. As sport houses have lately been used as a venue to organize culture and recreation events; accordingly, resident’s safety is top priority.

The incident of hall roof collapses in Phan Dinh Phung Sports House shows that sport facilities are in poor repair. Phan Dinh Phung Sports House was built in 1982 and put into operation in 1985. In 2003, it was repaired for some sports in Sea Games 22 which was organized in Vietnam.

Three years ago, the city planned to re-construct it with total investment of VND1 trillion (US$ 47.2 million). Yet there have been some hiccups along the way so the project was delayed.

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By Yen Phuong - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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