Ha Noi drops ball on resettlement

April 8, 2009

LookAtVietnam – Municipal People’s Committee vice chairman Vu Hong Khanh warns that administrative failure and incapable staff threaten plans to relocate more than 16,000 households for major projects in the city this year.

Construction of Lac Long Quan Road is delayed by lack of land for resettlement of displaced residents.

The vice chairman, who was speaking at a meeting to discuss site clearance with senior officials from greater Ha Noi’s 29 districts, said: “The relevant agencies and departments did not focus sufficiently on their work while their staff do not have the capacity to do the job.”

Constant changes to the regulations governing site clearance had also hindered their work.

Site clearance is considered the major obstacle to the start of major projects planned for the city.

For a list of the projects – see Thang Long anniversary below.

The vice chairman on Tuesday said Ha Noi’s merger with Ha Tay, Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh provinces last year had made site clearance a much bigger task.

The city would have to clear almost 12,000ha for 790 projects this year but would be limited to only 5,000 households far short of 16,000.

So far site clearance for 14 projects had been completed.

Ha Noi Party Secretary Pham Quang Nghi agreed with the vice chairman saying “Co-operation between agencies and departments is unsatisfactory.”

Some officials shirked their responsibility, he said.

The secretary said site clearance could be needed for more than 790 projects and incapable or irresponsible officials must not be appointed to do the work.

If the Government approved the planned development of Ha Noi along the Song Hong (Red) River, the city would have to deal with the relocation of 170,000 households, he said.

Resettlement sites needed

Long Bien District’s People’s Committee chairman Vu Duc Bao said more land was needed for resettlement if the rate of site clearance was to quicken.

For example, there was no land for the required relocation of 1,200 households when the building work of the planned elevated railway began in his district.

People’s Committee chairman Hoang Cong Hong of Thanh Xuan District said that squatters occupied land that had been cleared for projects but work had not started.

This had happened at the site of the Lang Hoa Lac Road in the Thach That District, he said.

Ring Road 3 was started in 2001 but up to 159 households still occupied two kilometres designated for the Mai Dich – Phap Van section in Thanh Xuan District.

The households were dissatisfied with the compensation money on offer.

The chairman suggested the city pay a bonus of VND3-10 million (US$175-588) for those who obeyed the order to relocate with the remainder removed by force. Ha Noi plans numerous public works to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of its founding as Thang Long but most are reportedly behind schedule.

These include:

The building of Ring Road 3 to link the three key northern economic centres of Ha Noi, Hai Phong and Quang Ninh;

The Thanh Tri Bridge;

The upgrading of Highway 32 and Lang-Hoa Lac Road; Highway 3, linking Ha Noi and Thai Nguyen Province and Highway 2, linking Ha Noi and Vinh Yen Province; and

Construction of the Nhat Tan Bridge linking the inner city and Dong Anh District.

VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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