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Land-management inspections aim to stop growing violations

Update: February, 03/2012 - 10:00

HA NOI — Inspections of land-related issues will be enhanced this year in an effort to address and prevent violations, and boost the efficiency of land use.

Under this year's inspection plan, which was recently approved by the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, the inspections will cover land management and use, environmental protection, mining and waste water discharge.

Approvals of land use rights certificates in Ha Noi and HCM City will be a focus in response to many violations reported recently, which caused a stir among the public.

For example, inspections of land use rights certificate approvals for 19 housing development projects in the country's two largest cities at the end of last year uncovered violations in most cases.

Violations held up the approval process for buyers to purchase property, meaning that to date, only 20 per cent of the apartments sold in these projects had been granted purchase certificates.

In HCM City, the inspectors revealed land management and use violations valued at up to VND1.5 trillion (US$71.4 million) last year.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Manh Hien told Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper that one of the problems was that inspections had not been given their due focus by both State agencies and local authorities.

Inspections must be carried out strictly and identify the parties responsible for any violations in order to better deal with the problems, he said.

The General Department of Land Administration will also probe into the use of farm land and forest land in some provinces and evaluate the results of provincial land management and use inspections several others.

Environmental protection inspections will be carried out in firms and industrial zones, especially those operating in the management and treatment of hazardous wastes. They will also be performed in mining areas and waste water discharge sites.

A more detailed inspection plan is needed to ensure that this year's inspection proceeds efficiently. — VNS

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