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Vietnam’s megaairport project moves forward as compensation plan approved

Monday, April 20, 2020, 16:36 GMT+7
Vietnam’s megaairport project moves forward as compensation plan approved
A project to the build the infrastructure for a resettlement area for residents affected by the construction of Long Thanh International Airport is initiated in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam, April 20, 2020. Photo: H.M. / Tuoi Tre

The administration in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai has approved a plan to compensate residents affected by the site clearance of an over-3,000-hectare area for the construction of a megaairport.

An area of 3,027 hectares in Binh Son Commune, Long Thanh District in Dong Nai will be cleared to prepare for a megaproject to develop Long Thanh International Airport.

The unit value of the compensation differs, depending on the type of land, ranging from VND161,000 (US$6.8) to VND6.573 million ($281.3) per square meter.

Specifically, rural land in Binh Son Commune is valued at VND1.392-6.573 million ($59.6-281.3) per square meter, while owners of land for agriculture, aquaculture, and production forest will be compensated VND161,000-360,000 ($6.8-15.4) per square meter.

The provincial People’s Committee previously approved the compensation plan for nearly 1,800 hectares of land belonging to Dong Nai Rubber Corporation, which will be affected by the airport project.

To provide affected residents with new homes, a project to build the infrastructure for a 282-hectare resettlement area was initiated in Long Thanh District on Monday morning.

According to Le Quang Binh, director of the Dong Nai construction and investment project management board, the resettlement area is designed to house up to 28,500 residents.

The construction site of a resettlement area for residents affected by the construction of Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: H.M. / Tuoi Tre

The construction site of a resettlement area for residents affected by the construction of Long Thanh International Airport in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam. Photo: H.M. / Tuoi Tre

The developer will start building such infrastructure as electricity, water, and communications systems, a sewage treatment plant, and fire hydrants.

By July, about 700 households are expected to have been given land plots inside the resettlement area to build their new houses, while the developer will continue constructing schools, medical facilities, and a cultural center, Binh elaborated.

Located some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, Long Thanh International Airport is expected to ease pressure on overcrowded Tan Son Nhat International Airport upon its completion.

The plan to build the airport was ratified by Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly in 2015, at a projected cost of $16 billion.

Construction of the first phase is expected to start later this year and be finished by 2025, upon which the Long Thanh airport will be capable of serving 25 million passengers annually.

When built to its maximum designed capacity, the airport will handle more than 100 million passengers on a yearly basis.

The central government previously tasked the Dong Nai administration with retrieving land to prepare for the airport construction, compensating affected residents, and assisting them in resettling.

These tasks, which are expected to cost over VND22.8 trillion ($977.3 million), are required to be carried out from 2017 to 2021.

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