A mere three days after work began on the Chinese skyscraper intended to be the world’s tallest building, officials have halted construction because of a lack of planning permission.
“Relevant authorities” had ordered a halt to work on the Sky City tower in Changsha, in the central province of Hunan, “because it did not complete the required procedures for seeking approval to start construction”, the Xiaoxiang Morning Post newspaper said.
It beggars belief that anyone could agree invest the 5.2 billion yuan the building is forecast to cost, as well as going on a massive public relations campaign to advertise the project, without checking that they had the right permits first.
A charitable way of reading this story would be to assume that the local government has thrown up some previously unmentioned hurdles for the developer, whose spokesperson told reporters that they had all the required permits.
The People’s Daily called the project “blind worship for ultra-high skyscrapers”.
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