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Houses for resettlement deserted in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 18:01 GMT+7
Houses for resettlement deserted in Ho Chi Minh City
The Vinh Loc B relocation zone in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, many flats at the Vinh Loc B relocation zone in Binh Chanh District are presently left empty.

Roads leading to the complex have yet to be completed and the unused apartments have degraded.

Would-be residents say they refuse to settle in the apartments due to a lack of proper streets, hospitals, and job opportunities.

The location is nearly deserted and many apartments have degraded.
The location is nearly deserted and many apartments have degraded. Photo: Tuoi Tre

They had been displaced from District 1, a central business district, District 6, Binh Tan District, and Tan Binh District to make way for new building projects.

The Vinh Loc B housing area includes 2,000 apartments with a capital investment of over VND1 trillion (US$44 million).

It is quite rare to spot a vehicle or resident in this housing complex.
It is quite rare to spot a vehicle or resident in this housing complex. Photo: Tuoi Tre

During a survey in Binh Chanh conducted by the municipal People’s Council, local authorities reported that over 1,000 houses built for relocated citizens have been abandoned in the past two to three years.

At an apartment complex on Man Thien Street in District 9, only a few dozen families remain, while others have sold and leased their properties.

Those who stay are generally low-income families unable to pay off the debt on their flats.

A man fixes the power lines, which often encounter problems at the relocation zone.
A man fixes the power lines, which often encounter problems at the relocation zone. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents are concerned about their safety amidst the deteriorated infrastructure.
Local residents are concerned about their safety amidst the deteriorated infrastructure. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Residents at the relocation zone are unable to find a stable job.
Residents at the relocation zone are unable to find a stable job. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A young boy cycles alone in the complex.
A young boy cycles alone in the complex. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Slow business at a street food stall
Slow business at a street food stall. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Old furniture stays behind after owners move from an apartment.
Old furniture stays behind after owners move from an apartment. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The empty premise of the Vinh Loc B relocation zone
The empty premise of the Vinh Loc B relocation zone. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Local residents are concerned about their safety amidst the deteriorated infrastructure.
Local residents are concerned about their safety amidst the deteriorated infrastructure. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A resident grows vegetable inside the complex.
A resident grows vegetables inside the complex. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A family still uses an antenna to watch TV.
A family still uses an antenna to watch TV. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The apartment complex on Man Thien Street in District 9
The apartment complex on Man Thien Street in District 9. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Most of the apartment owners have sold their properties.
Most of the apartment owners have sold their properties. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The family of Ta Thi Gai (L), one of the relocated households, is still unable to pay their debt on flat.
The family of Ta Thi Gai (L), one of the relocated households, is still unable to pay their debt on the flat.

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