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VND4.5 trillion injected into Long Thanh airport site clearance
Le Anh
Friday,  Apr 13, 2018,15:04 (GMT+7)

VND4.5 trillion injected into Long Thanh airport site clearance

Le Anh

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung (2nd R front row) inspects the progress of site clearance in the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province on April 12 - PHOTO: LE VINH

HCMC – The Ministry of Finance has allocated VND4.5 trillion (US$197.4 million) for land clearance in the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province, said provincial vice chairman Tran Van Vinh.

At a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung in the southern province on April 12, Vinh said the province has completed the feasibility study for each of site clearance compensation and resettlement. The province has also drawn up a plan to provide training and 4-1/2 months’ base salaries for each worker of the families whose land will be cleared to make room for the airport.

Site clearance is scheduled for completion prior to 2021.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment, however, is uncertain whether the money the Ministry of Finance transferred to the province is from the medium-term public investment plan for the 2017-2020 period or the fund for development projects this year.

As for traffic connectivity, Dong Nai authorities have proposed the Ministry of Transport promptly build a road leading to the airport construction site to facilitate the transport of building materials.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Dinh Tho said the ministry has selected a consultant for phase one of the project and is seeking a contractor for the passenger terminal. The project is on schedule and the feasibility study for the project will be completed in July and submitted to the National Assembly (NA) in October.

The Ministry of Transport is making preparations to build Phan Thiet-Dau Giay and Ben Luc-Long Thanh expressways and continue coordinating with the province to develop roads to Long Thanh international airport.

Deputy PM Dung noted the project is virtually behind schedule as the province has yet to submit the feasibility study for site clearance. Relevant ministries and agencies and the Dong Nai government need to accelerate the project implementation in line with the NA’s schedule.

Particularly, the Ministry of Transport will have to quickly complete the feasibility study and submit it to the NA.

Deputy PM Dung also assigned the Ministry of Construction and Dong Nai authorities to map out a plan to build an urban area adjacent to the airport and prevent land speculation.

The Dong Nai government will have to take back nearly 5,400 hectares of land for the project and resettle some 4,900 households with more than 15,000 people.

Resettlement and site clearance compensation for the big-ticket project will need over VND23 trillion including VND5 trillion from G-bond sales in the 2017-2020 period.

As for the remaining capital, the NA will use VND15 trillion from the VND80 trillion budget for projects of national importance and VND2.9 trillion from fees for resettlement land use in the initial stage. In case such fees are not fully collected, the Government will ask the NA Standing Committee to use the medium-term public investment plan for the 2016-2020 period.

At a seminar on how to speed up the construction of the airport last Friday, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said land clearance could begin in June

2020 whereas work would start on other components in 2021 so phase one of the airport can be done by 2025.

However, Do Tat Binh, deputy director of Airports Corporation

of Vietnam (ACV), said the schedule is hard to be met. Therefore, ACV proposed the Government approve a special mechanism for the project to hasten the implementation.

Binh said the airport should be built as soon as possible because the cost may double in the next five years. Tan Son Nhat International Airport built in 2007, for example, required US$200 million while Noi Bai International Airport constructed in 2014 cost up to US$800 million.

As for Long Thanh International Airport, the first phase will need US$5.4 billion. The investment may surge to US$10 billion if the project is delayed, Binh warned.

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