The central Vietnamese city of Da Nang has been able to reach its current stage of development thanks to the transfer of over 2,000 hectares of military land.
Following prolonged negotiations, authorities in the central hub have been able to convince the Vietnamese military to hand over land for the city’s development.
According to Nguyen Dieu, director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, he has spent nearly two decades discussing the matter with the Vietnamese army.
Thanks to this, several strategic bits of infrastructure have been established, including the coastal Son Tra-Dien Ngoc Street running from Da Nang to Hoi An City in neighboring Quang Nam Province, Nuoc Man Airport, Nguyen Tat Thanh and 2-9 Streets.
To acquire these parcels of land, Da Nang authorities were made to promise the Ministry of National Defense assistance with the relocation of its military base, Dieu said.
“I sought the opinions of many military experts throughout the process,” the official added.
Our negotiations were very persistent, Dieu said, adding that without them the Son Tra-Dien Ngoc Street would be much curvier and longer than it is right now.
The area previously housed an arsenal of the local military, which was said to be essential.
Dieu recalled spending two months reaching the agreement to relocate the facility.
According to Hoang Quang Huy, an architect and president of the Da Nang Planning Association, infrastructure in the city was poor in 1997, when the city was named one of Vietnam’s five municipalities.
Streets were narrow while land belonging to the military was abundant, Huy elaborated.
“Thanks to the commitment and goodwill of local authorities, the Ministry of National Defence eventually accepted the proposal. New roads, residential areas, and resorts were later built on this land, giving an impetus to the city’s overall development,” he said.