Some builders in Mexico City have been adding a few extra stories to their construction projects with the hope that no one notices, but authorities are cracking down on the practice.
Greater enforcement of construction regulations in the city led to the start of demolition Friday of additional floors illegally built on one of many such buildings.
Floors that exceeded the allowed numbers were demolished in the first of 32, one that was two stories over the limit in the Espartaco neighborhood in the borough of Coyoacán.
Other offending construction projects have been identified in the boroughs of Azcapotzalco, Álvaro Obregón, Venustiano Carranza, Cuauhtémoc, Benito Juárez, Gustavo A. Madero, Iztapalapa, Iztacalco and Tlalpan.
The new enforcement of regulations will also mean that borough and city authorities will begin keeping projects under closer supervision.
The government of Mexico City said that while urban development must proceed, it should take place with strict adherence to the law.
The crackdown also included sanctions against and suspensions of officially licensed construction supervisors, who are supposed to be overseeing the construction projects.
Interior Secretary Patricia Mercado Castro explained that there are 2,000 such supervisors in the city, many of whom oversee up to four different ongoing projects. But those projects are not being properly reviewed, she said.
The city has issued permanent suspensions against two but more could follow considering that 32 buildings have more floors than allowed.