Residents concerned about shoddy construction practices for new houses
Construction began on a series of single-story stone houses in Samjiyon County earlier this month, but a lack of cement and other building materials has led to concerns among local residents regarding the construction quality. Some residents who have close ties with government officials and are aware of where they will be allocated are reportedly trying to meet the demands of construction workers to ensure their houses are built safely.
“The construction of single-story stone houses began in Samjiyon County in early May,” a Ryanggang Province-based source told Daily NK. “Houses are going up fast, but a lack of materials like cement has led to rumors that the houses aren’t being constructed correctly. Many local residents are saying the houses aren’t sturdy and are worried about shoddy construction.”
The source further reported that the authorities are deliberately keeping residents in the dark about which house they will be assigned to until the construction is completed. However, some residents with ties to government officials have found out which house has been allocated to them.
Construction began on the houses after the allocations were made, with the decisions made in secret. ......