Long Thanh airport may face delays

19-Sep-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Over 1,400 households have yet to hand over their land to the investor in the Long Thanh International Airport project, making it hard for the megaproject to proceed as scheduled, Thanh Nien newspaper reported.

Nguyen Dong Thanh, director of the Land Fund Development centre of Dong Nai Province, on September 16 told the newspaper that the site clearance process is being sped up to ensure cleared land could be handed over as scheduled on December 31.

However, the greatest hindrance to site clearance is the households, Thanh said, adding that a mere 382 households have been checked and measured.

As most of the houses were given or sold to the current owners under written contracts and many of the owners do not live in these houses, uncovering information about the houses has been difficult, with over 1,400 houses awaiting assessments.

The centre had earlier informed the homeowners of the site clearance process to make room for the airport. If information on the owners and their homes is not provided, the centre will check and measure the houses without the owners’ consent, in line with prevailing regulations, Thanh remarked.

Dang Hung Vo, former deputy minister of Natural Resources and Environment, said that the total land needed for the construction of the Long Thanh airport project is over 5,580 hectares, 85 percent of which is farming land.

The investment for resettlement areas totals VND5.57 trillion, Vo said.

Vo said the solutions are expected to be costly, so it is necessary to change the methods of compensation and resettlement and use land as compensation instead of money.



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