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Site clearance, resettlement for Long Thanh airport project lag behind schedule

By Van Phong

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HCMC – The site clearance process of the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province has fallen behind schedule, while the completion of resettlement areas for households affected by the project will have to be extended until May 2022.

Speaking at a meeting with relevant agencies and the Dong Nai government on December 9, Nguyen Van The, Minister of Transport, said the province had handed over only 1,284 hectares of land in the first phase of the big-ticket airport project, while the Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) is set to complete the site leveling of 2,500 hectares in March next year.

Besides, the delay in construction of resettlement areas has affected the households, according to the Ministry of Transport.

Responding to the complaints, Cao Tien Dung, chairman of Dong Nai Province, affirmed that the province would hand over a total of 2,500 hectares of cleared land of the first phase in the first quarter of 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh ordered the province to speed up the site clearance process so that the project could be implemented on schedule.

The province was told to complete the handover of cleared land for construction on the first phase in January 2022 and the whole site for the project in June next year.

Dong Nai Province has reclaimed a total of 4,108 hectares, reaching 85% of the area of the project.

The deputy PM said that the Long Thanh International Airport project is a key national project, with a total investment of over VND109 trillion in its first phase. As such, if the project is delayed, the loss will be huge, he added.

To accelerate the process of the project, Deputy PM Thanh agreed with the Transport Ministry’s proposal to establish a steering committee for the project led by the deputy prime minister to complete the project by January 2025.

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