HCMC proposes to demolish 14 old apartment blocks

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Construction proposed to tear down 14 old apartment blocks within the next five years at conference hosted by the Ministry of Construction in the city yesterday.

Co Giang Apartment Block locating in district 1, HCMC has been downgraded seriously (Photo: SGGP)

HCMC has nearly 450 apartment blocks built before 1975. Most of them have the occupancy rate of only 30 percent and 12 blocks are estimated to be dangerous including 11 Vo Van Tan in District 3 and 6bis Nguyen Tat Thanh in District 4, the department reported.

The conference was hosted to popularize the Prime Minister’s Directive 05 on reviewing and estimating the structural safety of old housing and public works in urban areas.

According to the directive, cities and provinces must complete the review and estimation by the end of this year.

By Minh Khanh – Translated by Hai Mien

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