HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has ordered the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to inspect housing projects reporting delays in receiving land use rights certificates.
Hai's decision follows a recent report from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Ha Noi stating that only 10 per cent of 150 housing projects commenced in the city since 2001 had been granted land use rights or home ownership certificates.
Hai said that, while cities and provinces have strived to grant land use right certificates in a timely manner, the process has met with obstacles since some housing projects were found to be in violation of the Land Law and some individuals and households have transferred land use rights to these projects unlawfully.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment was assigned to research and propose to the Government administrative penalties for violations related to the process of granting land use right certificates in order to improve land users' sense of responsibility. Hai said the ministry should propose proper penalties based on current regulations and announce the penalties in the mass media.
Hai also asked the ministry to co-ordinate with the ministries of construction, finance, and home affairs, as well as the People's Committees in Ha Noi and HCM City, to hasten the process of granting land use right certificates in the two cities as well as in other provinces. People's Committees should aslo co-ordinate with applicable ministries to inspect housing projects within their jurisdictions in order to resolve problems, he said. — VNS