In Vietnam, hospital operates for years without construction permit

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In Vietnam, hospital operates for years without construction permit

Hoa Hao Hospital was built and has been put into operation without construction permission in Da Nang City, Vietnam. Photo: D.C. / Tuoi Tre

A seven-story hospital in Da Nang City, central Vietnam was completely built a long time ago, but a recent inspection has showed that its investor has yet to obtain a construction permit for the project.

The People’s Committee of Hai Chau District in Da Nang City announced on Friday afternoon the results of its inspection of the Hoa Hao Hospital project at 2 Nguyen Huu Tho Street.

The officials found that all three main parts of the project have been completed and put into use without a construction permit by the competent authority.

The dossier of the case shows that Truong Son Tung Service-Trading Co. Ltd., headquartered in Son Tra District, sought approval for the use right of the land lot, which is owned by Military Zone 5, in March 2015.

The High Command of Military Zone 5 approved the plan on using the land lot for economic purposes one month later as it did not serve national defense goals at that time.

As the military unit signed an investment cooperation contract with Truong Son Tung Co. Ltd. on April 14, 2015, the project was renamed Hoa Hao Hospital, according to Phap Luat (Law) newspaper.

The High Command granted a use term of 25 years for the land lot, which covers an area of 6,500 square meters, to Truong Son Tung on June 2015.

The project consisted of three main items with a total construction area of 4,500 square meters, a total floor area of 10,000 square meters, and construction density of 70 percent.

In 2016, the High Command approved the project’s design documents before issuing an official dispatch applying for a construction permit to the People’s Committee of Da Nang City and the municipal Department of Construction at the end of the same year.

However, in February 2017, inspectors of the Department of Construction issued a decision to impose an administrative fine of VND50 million (US$2,203) on Truong Son Tung Co. Ltd. for building works without permission. The investor fully paid the penalty.

Construction items determined as unauthorized at that time included a seven-story polyclinic, a three-story dental block, and a two-story car service center.

Until now, all three work items mentioned above have been completed and put into use but have not yet been licensed by the competent authority, according to the People’s Committee of Hai Chau District.

Meanwhile, the project investor asserted during a working session with the People’s Committee of Hai Chau District that the company had carried out the relevant documentation procedures to apply for a construction permit.

However, due to the lack of a number of documents, no permits have been granted so far.

As the investor already paid an administrative fine for building works without permission, there are currently no legal grounds for the authorities to impose additional sanctions, according to the People’s Committee of Hai Chau District.

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