[Social Review] Illegal villas have repeatedly appeared. Why did the lessons from the past fail to form a warning effect?

  Newspaper commentator Wu Di

  To effectively curb the repeated occurrence of "serial dramas" that destroy the ecology, the demolition of illegal buildings is only the first step, and the follow-up investigation and accountability must be in place.

Among them, the illegal construction of villas has repeatedly appeared, and the problems such as willful power, lack of restraint, and failure of supervision are more worthy of reflection.

It is hoped that such lessons can provide enough warnings for more places to correctly grasp ecological protection and local development, and ensure that power operates under the sun.

  "For many years, the demolition has remained unmoved, and thousands of 'strong villas' have savagely eroded the Jinan Spring Reserve"-Recently, according to the "Economic Information Daily", there are a large number of illegally built villas in parts of the Taishan Mountains in Jinan, Shandong.

Under the continuous supervision of the Central Environmental Protection Inspectorate, the local "violent demolition storm" began in 2017, but the illegal construction of villas in the past four years has been "unmoved", and even "new villa projects are still under construction with great fanfare".

Relevant local departments said that they will conduct a comprehensive investigation, and resolutely demolish buildings involving violations of laws and regulations once they are verified, and will not condone the serious investigation and punishment of the relevant responsible persons.

At present, some villa areas have launched illegal demolition actions.

  The incident of illegally built villas in Jinan has aroused public attention. One of the concerns is “illegal construction”. The location of these villas was once designated as a key ecological function protection zone, and various development and construction activities are strictly restricted; the second is “demolition and construction”. Not moving”, after two rounds of central environmental protection inspectors and “looking back”, the illegally built villas have not been demolished, but are still “demolition and construction”; the third is ecological damage, which affects Jinan by “cutting bones and cramps” on the mountain. Groundwater recharge in springs poses a threat to the safety of drinking water sources.

  This scene can be described as deja vu. In 2018, the "Qinling Villas", which was indifferent to the repeated instructions of the central leaders, ushered in the central special rectification working group. Finally, it was found that thousands of villas were illegally built, and dozens of them abused their power and practiced favoritism. The responsible person was investigated and dealt with, "repeatedly", "rectification without modification" and "destruction of ecology" are the key words in the handling of this incident.

In addition, the landfill of "Lover's Lake" in Dali, Yunnan, the construction of villas, the cross-border mining of many mines in Helan Mountain, and the mountains are riddled with holes, all of which have caused the public to be shocked and heartbroken by the actions that destroy the ecological environment in some places.

  Illegal villas keep repeating "yesterday's story". First, there is a "motivation" for the construction. As long as there are huge economic benefits, there are no insurmountable "obstacles" in the eyes of some people.

  The second is that there is resistance to demolition, the background of relevant personnel is complex, and some project owners are "rich or expensive", which does not rule out the possibility of some relationship networks and entanglement of interests.

  The third is that the restraint and supervision mechanism is weak. Relevant departments "act as both athletes and referees" in some projects, and some even use their own power to "get on the train and then make up the ticket or even not make up the ticket" and other illegal operations. In addition, the follow-up governance often has " New officials ignore the old policies” and other factors.

  In terms of ecological environment, "a villa ruins half a mountain", and the cost of ecological restoration after the event is often very high, and some damages are even irreversible.

At the same time, the more serious consequence is that phenomena such as "demolition not moving" and violating yang and yin often expose problems in the relevant local political ecology, which also greatly detracts from the public's evaluation of the image and credibility of government departments, and even induces more people to follow suit. , forming a "broken window effect".

  The lessons of Qinling Villa are not profound, but in reality, some places have not learned from the lessons learned from the past, and summaries such as "inferring others and learning lessons" are only on paper.

  To effectively curb the repeated occurrence of "serial dramas" that destroy the ecology, the demolition of illegal buildings is only the first step, and the follow-up investigation and accountability must be in place.

Among them, the illegal construction of villas has repeatedly appeared, and the problems such as willful power, lack of restraint, and failure of supervision are more worthy of reflection.

It is hoped that such lessons can provide enough warnings for more places to correctly grasp ecological protection and local development, and ensure that power operates under the sun.

  "Build first, then demolish and then restore the ecology", such chaos must be stopped.

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