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5 more illegally-built villas on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc subject to coercive demolition

5 more illegally-built villas on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc subject to coercive demolition

Monday, August 07, 2023, 11:34 GMT+7
5 more illegally-built villas on Vietnam’s Phu Quoc subject to coercive demolition
Illegally-built villas in Duong To Commune, Phu Quoc City, an island destination off the coast of Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam. Photo: Chi Cong / Tuoi Tre

The administration in Phu Quoc City, off the coast of Kien Giang Province in southern Vietnam, will take coercive steps to demolish five more illegally-constructed villas in Duong To Commune this month.

The island city’s authorities are working to prepare for the coercive demolition, said a provincial special task force on Sunday.

These five villas are owned by different owners, who come from various areas in the country.

The Phu Quoc administration has remained prudent and strictly complied with the prevailing regulations when adopting the coercive measures, the special task force said.

Last year, the special task force in coordination with the authorities of Phu Quoc and Duong To, and relevant agencies carried out an inspection on September 20 and discovered that 79 villas, spanning some 18.9 hectares of land managed by the state, were illegally constructed.

The Duong To administration imposed an administrative fine of VND7.5 million (US$315.47) each on two villas, whose owners were Vu Dinh K. and Le Xuan H., as well as called on them to voluntarily demolish their villas and restore the original state of the land lots.

A while later, Huynh Quang Hung, chairman of the Phu Quoc People’s Committee, signed a decision on October 31, imposing coercive measures against these two villas and forcing their owners to take remedial actions for the illegal construction.

The city administration sent vehicles and equipment to pull down the two villas, which covered an area of some 500 square meters each, on November 9 the same year, as per the prevailing regulations.

The provincial police also pressed charges against three individuals for their alleged involvement in the illegal construction of the 79 villas, Le Quoc Anh, vice-chairman of the provincial administration and head of the special task force, confirmed on November 11 last year.

The three suspects, whose identity remains unknown, were found to have duped customers into buying state-managed land.

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