A hotel in Sanya city, Hainan province that was built in 2011 and went into operation without proper approval of the local government was torn down on Wednesday, a move that has infuriated local residents.
It’s reported that the 12-story Phoenix Haosheng Seaview Resort was the largest illegal building demolished in the city since the beginning of the year.
The hotel was 16,000 square meters in size and housed 420 guest rooms and 36 apartments.
"The illegal buildings do not only affect the city’s image but also pose safety problems," said Wu Yanjun, the mayor of the city. "Cracking down on illegal buildings is the city’s main task this year, and we have zero tolerance for any illegal buildings in the city."
Residents in the hotel were notified to move out from the building on March 25.
Tens of thousands of web users complained that the demolition was a total waste of public resources.
"Why didn’t the officials just seize the building and turn it into a nursing home?" one web user asked.
"They […] only wasted resources and caused further pollution by tearing the building down," wrote by another furious user.
Another added, "Those law enforcement officials who allowed the hotel to be built should carry the responsibility. Making proper use of the national resources is a must."
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