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Deadline set for Dong Nai to hand over land to Long Thanh airport

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has asked the Dong Nai government to finish the handover of cleared land to the Long Thanh International Airport project in June.

At a meeting of the steering committee for the mammoth project on April 6, Deputy Minister of Transport Le Anh Tuan said Dong Nai had proactively handed over the site to the project developer. However, land in some areas has yet to be completely cleared, the local media reported.

Nearly 1,600 hectares out of the 1,800 hectares of land has been handed over for the first phase of the project and 466 of the 722 hectares of land for backup. However, the houses of residents remain on over 640 hectares of land.

Therefore, the Ministry of Transport has asked the Dong Nai government to relocate these houses before April 30 and complete the site clearance work prior to June 30.

Dong Nai Chairman Cao Tien Dung said two weeks ago, he asked the chairperson of Long Thanh District to focus on removing bottlenecks at the airport project.

The province has encouraged local residents to move swiftly. However, 146 households have yet to relocate to hand over the site as planned due to the incomplete construction of the resettlement area.

Dong Nai will provide each of these households with VND4.5 million per month until the resettlement area is completed so that these households can hand over their land soon.

Deputy PM Thanh said the project’s progress must be ensured while considering quality as the top priority and preventing losses, wastefulness and irregularities during the execution of the project.

He asked the Dong Nai government to be more drastic in the site clearance work, which is a crucial task in deciding the success of the project.

The deputy prime minister also told the Ministries of Transport and Construction and the Airports Corporation of Vietnam to approve the design in July so that work can start on the passenger terminal in October and runways in December.

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