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Local resident claims holding original Thu Thiem zoning map
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Local resident claims holding original Thu Thiem zoning map

An artist’s impression of Thu Thiem new urban area - PHOTO: TL

HCMC – Le Van Lung, a resident in District 2, HCMC, has shown what he claims is a copy of the original 1/5000 zoning map issued on June 12, 1995 on the zoning of Thu Thiem new urban area, which is believed missing, Lao Dong newspaper reports.

The map is seen affixed with the red seals of the HCMC Department of Construction and Urban Development Service Company. It was believed to be the version sent to the Prime Minister for approval of Thu Thiem new urban area planning.

Lung affirmed the existence of the map while the municipal Planning and Architecture Department said it had never seen that map before.

HCMC inspectors earlier concluded that the Minister of Construction at the time sent the map to the Prime Minister, Lung said.

According to the map, Thu Thiem new urban area would cover 770 hectares, including 133 hectares of Saigon River water surface, and have a population of 200,000 people. The resettlement area for the project would cover 160 hectares and accommodate 45,000 people of some 5,000 households.

If the map is lost, another map for the planning of Thu Duc District can be used to determine the boundary of the 650-hectare Thu Thiem new urban area.

The zoning of land in the new urban area has shown signs of confusion.

Pham The Vinh, another resident in District 2, said the HCMC chairman in 2002 directed the use of 42 hectares of resettlement land in Binh Khanh Ward, District 2 for the Thu Thiem new urban area project. The city government decided to take back 618 hectares of land for the center of the urban area and 39 hectares of resettlement land in Binh Khanh Ward. Vinh’s land is not planned to be used for the project but authorities asked his family to hand over their land.

Some 100 other families in Binh Khanh also had the same fate as Vinh’s.

The city government has asked more than 15,000 residents to relocate from Thu Thiem to make room for the project. Total compensation money is VND29 trillion (US$1.3 billion).

However, hundreds of households have complained about their loss of land.

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