Bei­jing halts con­struc­tion of il­le­gal base­ments

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Bei­jing is putting a halt to il­le­gal con­struc­tion of base­ments af­ter such work caused neigh­bor­ing houses and part of a road sur­face to col­lapse in the city, forc­ing 15 peo­ple to be evac­u­ated.

The col­lapse and its af­ter­math high­lighted ram­pant un­der­ground con­struc­tion at houses with court­yards by some bil­lion­aires and those seek­ing to cash in on pro­vid­ing un­der­ground shel­ters for low-in­come peo­ple in the city. In Bei­jing, more than 50 mi­grant fam­i­lies were told last week to leave 170 rooms that had been il­le­gally con­structed in a base­ment the size of a soc­cer field.

A gov­ern­ment of­fice in Bei­jing said in a state­ment that ren­o­va­tion work more than 1 me­ter deep with­out per­mits in res­i­den­tial ar­eas is il­le­gal, and that the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment will fill in base­ments or holes caused by il­le­gal con­struc­tion work. It will do so when prop­erty own­ers refuse to re­store homes to their orig­i­nal con­di­tion within three days of be­ing or­dered to do so.

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