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HCMC chairman meets Thu Thiem residents over land dispute
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HCMC chairman meets Thu Thiem residents over land dispute

The Saigon Times Daily

A bird's eye view of Thu Thiem New Urban Area project in HCMC's District 2 - PHOTO: THANH HOA

HCMC – The HCMC People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong this morning, October 18, chaired a meeting with locals living in a 4.3-hectare area in District 2’s Binh An Ward to hear their complaints over illegal site clearance.

Phong held discussions with some 30 local households who have yet to relocate or who have filed complaints over coercive relocation as their houses are located outside the zoning area of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area project, according to local media.

The meeting also gathered Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam; Head of the Central Citizen Reception Committee Nguyen Hong Diep; Government Inspectorate representatives; and leaders of the municipal departments of Natural Resources and Environment, Planning and Architecture.

The meeting covered several topics, especially the announcement of Conclusion No. 1483 issued by the Government Inspectorate on September 4 on the results of an investigation into major issues related to the project drawing prolonged complaints from local residents. Feedback was collected on site-clearance compensation policies for households within the 4.3-hectare area, and the shortcomings of municipal ex-chairpeople over multiple tenures and those of agencies related to the project were publicly announced.

Addressing the meeting, Phong said that the city was urgently acting on the conclusions of the Government Inspectorate to complete all formalities prior to November 30, adding that the city will try hard to resolve existing problems to protect the locals’ interests, Phong added. Besides this, the city government will meet with Thu Thiem residents again early next month to collect feedback on 10 issues related to the project and then address them accordingly.

Nguyen Long Tuyen, chief of the HCMC Inspectorate, said the complaints of residents who had previously lived on the 4.3-hectare site were reasonable as this site was defined by the Government Inspectorate as being located outside the planned boundary of the Thu Thiem New Urban Area project.

In particular, the municipal government’s decision to withdraw the 4.3-hectare site to execute some projects for the new urban area in Thu Thiem lacked any legal foundation and was not in line with the zoning plan approved by the Prime Minister. Thus, the city should work out appropriate solutions to address the complaints as soon as possible, said Tuyen.

As for the relevant individuals and organizations responsible for the shortcomings and violations seen during the project’s execution, the city’s People’s Committee will take action on these cases by November 30, Tuyen said. The shortcomings and violations were attributed to Cadastre and Engineering Survey Company; the Department of Land and Housing, which was merged into the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment; and the People’s Committees of HCMC and District 2.

The municipal government’s shortcomings have affected the residents’ interests, and some departments and agencies have yet to work out complete solutions to the complaints, Tuyen added.

Regarding the policies on compensation and resettlement for people affected by relocation from the 4.3-hectare site, the municipal government has established two working teams to identify the boundary. The government of District 2 will make a list of households located within the site and map out compensation and resettlement measures for the residents.

The city plans to use three locations, covering an area of 18,000 square meters near Binh Khanh Market, to provide land for the affected residents, according to Nguyen Phuoc Hung, chairman of District 2’s People’s Committee. The district government will hire agencies to appraise the land and discuss the land exchange with the local people, Hung added.

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