ordered HCM City authorities to quickly settle Thủ Thiêm’s protracted land
HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân
Phúc ordered HCM City authorities related agencies to quickly settle the
growing land disputes involving thenew urban area of Thủ Thiêm.
Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area in District 2 is planned to be a
modern residence and a commercial, financial and service centre of HCM City.
The ambitious project involves relocating thousands of households, and a
number of them have expressed discontent with the Government’s compensation
or resettlement schemes, causing prolonged disputes and delaying the progress
of the project. — Photo zing.vn
was made during yesterday meeting in Hà Nội chaired by the Government leader,
and attended by the deputy prime ministers Trương Hoà Bình and Trịnh Đình
Dũng, showing the administration’s commitment to resolve land disputes that
were bound to emerge during the country’s course of fast development.
meeting, PM Phúc said the project Thủ Thiêm, envisioned to be a ‘modern’
urban centre of the southern metropolis HCM City, was approved in 1996 by the
then Prime Minister Võ Văn Kiệt.
mega-project necessitated massive land clearance that saw displacement of
thousands of households in the originally poverty-ridden swampland.
to HCM City’s efforts and the ‘positive support’ from the majority of the
affected households, land clearance progress had currently reached 99 per
cent, said PM Phúc.
look directly at the truths, if what we’ve done are right then continue to
persistently explain yourselves and convince people, if there are mistakes,
then I expect full commitment and resolution to correct them, all in serving
of the city’s development and people’s lives,” he said.
Government leader expressed appreciation towards the households who have
willingly co-operated with the authorities on the development of the project.
stressed the importance of ensuring stable living conditions for the
resettled households, and that the “development of the city must not come at
the expense of these households.”
land clearance progress, however, the local authorities had made mistakes in
terms of planning, land management, document storage and failed to
effectively settle citizens’ complaints, leading to prolonged land disputes,
ultimate responsibility lies in the ministries and agencies involved,
especially HCM City’s authorities,” PM Phúc said.
asked the settlement of disputes must be “in line with existing laws,
respecting and protecting the legitimate rights of the citizens, investors,
and the State, as well as ensuring harmonious interests between the parties
PM Phúc also
asked for utmost transparency during dispute settlement – the authorities
need to investigate every development of the case, listen attentively to the
people’s concerns and feedback, and strive towards full consensus towards a
If there are
indeed faults on the authorities’ part, they have to stake out a clear
timeline to address these issues.
Government Inspectorate was also asked to review and clarify the people’s
complaints over compensation or resettlement living issues during the land
reclamation process, and a report to the Prime Minister is expected before
ministries of environment and natural resources, construction, justice and
the HCM City People’s Committee “all have the responsibility to closely work
with the Government Inspectorate and support their investigation into
authorities were also asked to cater to households who have relinquished
their land but haven’t received living arrangements in resettlement housing,
or households who have had their land taken by force that are still without a
stable living condition.
Covering a total area of 657 hectares, the Thủ Thiêm
new urban area is located on a peninsula in HCM City’s District 2, which
faces downtown District 1 across Saigon River.
The proposed financial district and mixed-use urban
area of HCM City is set to become the largest inner-city development in
Southeast Asia. To develop such a project, it took more than 10
years for site clearance of most of Thủ Thiêm peninsula, with as many as
15,000 households being resettled.
In a document sent to the Prime Minister in 2015, the
city authorities said total costs in the new urban area for clearance
compensation and resettlement, technical infrastructure, and loan interest
had reached more than VNĐ29 trillion (US$1.27 billion).