De­mo­li­tions send a stern mes­sage to il­le­gal de­vel­op­ers

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By JIN HAIXING in Haikou

The cap­i­tal of Hainan prov­ince be­gan the de­mo­li­tion of build­ing at three hous­ing sites Fri­day as part of the city’s lat­est move to tackle il­le­gal con­struc­tion.

Hous­ing was il­le­gally built on col­lec­tively owned ru­ral land lo­cated in the sub­urbs of Haikou and mar­keted to peo­ple who are not part of the col­lec­tive land own­er­ships.

Such pur­chases are not legally pro­tected, and ur­ban res­i­dents are pro­hib­ited from buy­ing this type of hous­ing. But as prop­erty prices have risen, so, too, has the prob­lem of il­le­gal res­i­dences.

Chen Dong, deputy head of the law en­force­ment depart­ment un­der the city’s land and re­sources bureau, said that the hous­ing projects in the Haikou sub­urbs were built by the vil­lages or town­ships them­selves or in co­op­er­a­tion with de­vel­op­ers from other cities.

The so-called lim­ited prop­erty rights houses have been a prob­lem across the coun­try. On Nov 22, the Min­istry of Land and Re­sources is­sued a no­tice for­bid­ding the build­ing or sell­ing of such dwellings.

On Fri­day morn­ing, a set of 10 build­ings of this type lo­cated in Meilan dis­trict fell af­ter the land and re­sources ad­min­is­tra­tion au­thor­ity re­peat­edly warned of its il­le­gal­ity.

Con­struc­tion was al­most done, in­te­rior work had be­gun and el­e­va­tors were al­ready in­stalled, said a con­struc­tion worker from Chongqing who wouldn’t give his name.

“I was sur­prised the gov­ern­ment took ac­tion against the con­struc­tion. My boss said the warn­ings from the gov­ern­ment would not turn into a forced de­mo­li­tion,” he said.

Two other such sites were in Xi­uy­ing and Longhua dis­tricts.

Ac­cord­ing to Chen Zhong, deputy head of the Xi­uy­ing dis­trict, lim­ited prop­erty rights hous­ing has been on the

I was sur­prised the gov­ern­ment took ac­tion against the con­struc­tion. My boss said the warn­ings from the gov­ern­ment would not turn into a forced de­mo­li­tion.”

rise as homes have be­come more and more ex­pen­sive.

But many il­le­gal build­ings never re­ceived ap­proval from au­thor­i­ties, and are dan­ger­ous to res­i­dents be­cause of their poor qual­ity and lack of fa­cil­i­ties, Chen said.

In Chen’s dis­trict, ground zero for lim­ited prop­erty rights hous­ing projects is Xinhai vil­lage, which is con­ve­niently lo­cated near the coast.

The vil­lage head and the Party chief of the vil­lage were de­tained by po­lice due to the large scale of il­le­gal con­struc­tion in the vil­lage.

Since Haikou launched its cam­paign to tackle the prob­lem, 150 build­ings in the vil­lage have been de­mol­ished — more than 90,000 square me­ters.

The city be­gan its cam­paign in Septem­ber and plans to fin­ish the de­mo­li­tions by the end of 2014 in the city center, ac­cord­ing to its land and re­sources bureau.

Chen Dong, the law en­force­ment of­fi­cial for the bureau, said the main goal of Fri­day’s de­mo­li­tions was to curb the trend of il­le­gal build­ings on ru­ral land. “The dan­ger­ous part of those build­ings was that they hurt the home­buy­ers,” Chen said.

Af­ter de­mo­li­tion is com­plete, the bureau plans to build stan­dard hous­ing on the sites.

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