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Mega urban project becomes grazing land in Hanoi’s outskirt

Saturday, May 04, 2019, 09:00 GMT+7
Mega urban project becomes grazing land in Hanoi’s outskirt
Cows eat grass within an abandoned mega-urban project in Me Linh District, Hanoi. Photo: Quang The / Tuoi Tre

A multimillion-dollar urban project in an outskirt district of Hanoi is now nothing but a grazing land, more than a decade after it was initiated.

The mega urban project is located in Me Linh District, about 20 kilometers northwest of downtown Hanoi.

Me Linh was previously a district of neighboring Vinh Phuc Province. After the locality was merged into Hanoi in 2008, many real estate investors were attracted to the place.

A road leading to the urban area
A road leading to the urban area

Multiple land plots of local farmers were retrieved to make space for a project on turning Me Linh into a modern urban area, which was estimated to cost trillions of dong. (VND1 trillion = $43 million)

According to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters, the urban area has already had its roads built, while many under-construction houses and villas could also be spotted.

The entire infrastructure here is nearly abandoned.

An entrance to a park is built, but the park itself has yet to be constructed.
An entrance to a park is built, but the park itself has yet to be constructed.

Grass has filled many land plots, becoming feeding zones for cattle.

“Our family used to grow vegetables for a living,” said Chung, a local resident.

“We agreed to give up our land for the project, hoping it could improve people’s lives.”

The model of a building complex
The model of a building complex

Le Dinh Phuong, another resident, said that locals had handed our land plots to project developers, but they just ended up abandoning them.

“It is such a waste as farmers like me are in dire need of farming land,” he said.

An under-construction infrastructure
An under-construction infrastructure
Cows eat grass within an abandoned mega-urban project
Cows eat grass within an abandoned mega-urban project
Empty land plots within the site of the project
Empty land plots within the site of the project
Houses are left unfinished.
Houses are left unfinished.
An abandoned security guard booth
An abandoned security guard booth
Rusted street signs along an abandoned road
Rusted street signs along an abandoned road
An under-construction villa
An under-construction villa

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