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No “waste vanity” project, China bans skyscrapers in small cities

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China recognizes that tall buildings promote more intensive use of land resources. (file)

Beijing:

China has banned the construction of extremely tall skyscrapers in small towns as part of a crackdown on wasteful vanity projects by local governments.

Without special approval, cities with a population of less than 3 million must not build skyscrapers higher than 150 m (492.13 ft), and cities with large populations must not build buildings higher than 250 m, housing and Ministry of Urban-Rural Development said. Tuesday.

The measures go beyond the current ban on buildings over 500 metres.

The ministry said officers who sanction such projects in contravention of the new rule would be “held accountable for life”, which would mean that the officials would be subject to any future punishment that may be prescribed in relation to the violation of the rules. Will go

China has some of the tallest buildings in the world, including the 632-metre Shanghai Tower and the 599.1-metre Ping An Finance Center in Shenzhen.

While China acknowledges that high-rise buildings encourage more intensive use of land resources, it is increasingly concerned that local authorities are indiscriminately pursuing construction with little attention to practicality and safety.

Earlier this year, a 356-metre, 71-story tower in the city of Shenzhen repeatedly shook, raising concerns about safety. The investigation found that the reason for this was the mast being more than 50 meters tall on top of the building which was shaken in the wind.

Shortly after the incident, China imposed a nationwide ban on construction of buildings higher than 500 meters in July. The Shenzhen building reopened in September after the mast was demolished.

The ministry said local governments should also inspect existing super-tall buildings, check their foundation, structure, power, water and gas supplies, materials used, earthquake resistance and fire safety.

It states that cities should strictly control the construction of skyscrapers in ecologically sensitive areas and urban ventilation corridors.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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