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Hanoi to revoke 47 project licenses for delays
The Saigon Times Daily
Tuesday,  Aug 14, 2018,13:07 (GMT+7)

Hanoi to revoke 47 project licenses for delays

The Saigon Times Daily

Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, speaks at the meeting on August 13 – PHOTO: HANOI PORTAL

HANOI – As many as 47 projects in Hanoi City will have their licenses revoked due to lengthy delays and violations of the Land Law, said the chairman of the municipal People’s Committee at a meeting to explain the management of non-State projects on August 13.

Vu Manh Hai, a member of the municipal People's Council, was quoted by the Vietnam News Agency as saying that city dwellers have a high demand for entertainment, so the city had approved many projects to build amusement parks. However, some of these projects have shown signs of slow execution.

He noted that the Kim Quy (Golden Turtle) International Amusement Park project in the outlying district of Dong Anh was started in 2016 and was expected to finish this year, but it is currently behind schedule.

City Chairman Chung remarked that the investor in the park project had provided the district authority with VND1 trillion (US$43 million) to carry out site clearance works. However, some 800 graves have yet to be cleared from the site. The investor is currently working on the core area of the project, which will be completed by October 2019.

Chung stated that investors have to mobilize large resources and their projects require lengthy periods of execution. These investors are inclined to work on multiple projects at the same time, resulting in a shortage of finances.

Having identified the difficulty, the municipal government will ask the departments of natural resources and environment, planning and investment, and urban planning and architecture to inspect existing projects in the coming period, according to the city leader.

Authorities will later hold discussions with these investors to resolve their problems and create favorable conditions for those who have the capacity to continue their projects. Meanwhile, the municipal government will resolutely revoke the projects of failing investors.

Chung remarked that the municipal people’s committee will release a list of 47 projects that are subject to revocation. Besides this, the municipal government will strive to complete the installation of project-management software to update their ongoing progress and effectively manage private projects that use sizeable land plots in the city.

Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council, cited a special supervision report of the council involving eight departments and 30 districts as saying that numerous projects are far behind schedule and are faced with charges of land misuse. Many plots of land have been left deserted, affecting the lives of local residents and their production activities.

During the 2012-2017 period, the municipal government handed over and leased land as well as transferred land for 1,914 projects, covering a total area of 4,082 hectares. This number includes 634 projects that are financed by non-State investments.

A report by the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment indicates there are now 161 delayed projects showing signs of violating the Land Law, accounting for 23.1% of the total.

However, the report of the council suggests there are a total of 383 delayed projects, especially in the Hoai Duc, Me Linh and Nam Tu Lien districts.

After Hanoi adjusted its administrative boundaries, the general master plan for the capital city and other zoning plans were devised, resulting in 240 projects adjusting their plans, stated Nguyen Trong Dong, director of the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

He explained that it was not until 2013 that the Land Law was passed. This entailed numerous policy changes that had affected the now-delayed projects, whose in-principle investment approvals had previously been granted.

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