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Site clearance report for Long Thanh Airport delayed
The Saigon Times Daily
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Site clearance report for Long Thanh Airport delayed

The Saigon Times Daily

An artist’s impression of the palm-leaf design of Long Thanh International Airport, which is to be developed in the southern province of Dong Nai – PHOTO: TL

HCMC – The completion and appraisal of the feasibility study for the site clearance project for Long Thanh International Airport in the southern province of Dong Nai is behind schedule, according to a government report.

The Government had sent the report on the execution of the airport project to the National Assembly for discussion at the sixth sitting of the legislative body.

The People’s Committee of Dong Nai acts as an investor for the site clearance project, part of the main airport project. The sub-project, running from 2017 to 2021, requires a total investment of more than VND22.8 trillion (US$980 million).

The site clearance project must acquire some 5,000 hectares of land to make room for the airport and more than 364 extra hectares to build two resettlement sites.

As a result, some 4,800 local households and 26 organizations are to be relocated. Roughly 70% of the 15,500 affected people are farmers, and the rest are rubber workers or work for other sectors.

The feasibility study has been delayed because there are no specific regulations for the job, and there is no precedent for the provincial government to consider in making the study. The local authority was also finding it difficult to finish the environmental impact report for the site clearance project.

The majority of the land handed over to the Ministry of Transport is a 1,000-hectare rubber plantation owned by Dong Nai Rubber Corporation and nearly 20 local households. The acquisition is expected to be completed late next year.

The ministry will then conduct bomb and landmine clearance and other relevant works before the airport is constructed.

If Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approves the feasibility study for the site clearance project, the provincial government will immediately begin demolition and site clearance works to pave the way for the airport project, develop the resettlement areas, provide human resources training and create jobs for local residents.

The airport is designed to handle up to 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo on an annual basis when the three construction phases are complete.

In phase one, the airport will have one runway and one passenger terminal able to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo per year by 2025.

The second runway and terminal will be built in the second phase to increase the airport’s annual capacity to 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo.

The project costs an estimated VND336.6 trillion, or US$16.03 billion, with VND114.5 trillion for the first phase, based on the 2014 exchange rate between the Vietnamese dong and the U.S. dollar.

The funding will come from the State budget, official development assistance loans, the private sector, proceeds from the equitization of State-owned enterprises and other sources.

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