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Voters concerned at pollution and low land compensation

Update: July, 10/2012 - 09:58

HCM CITY — Prolonged temporary settlement, low compensation for land, and environmental pollution are among some major voter concerns that will be discussed at the HCM City People's Council meeting from July 11 to 13.

A council member said most petitions by citizens to the legislative body relate to issues managed by the city administration, such as earmarking and freezing certain areas for future projects and low value paid for their land by the authorities.

Voters in Tan Binh District have asked the city and central governments to reconsider a proposed golf course in Tan Son Nhat International Airport, saying it would not benefit people, only threaten flight safety.

Residents of Bau Cat Residential Area II in Tan Binh said they have been "temporary" residents there for seven years while awaiting a public project, and demanded permanent resettlement elsewhere as soon as possible.

Residents from District 10 want authorities to announce the compensation and resettlement plans for 336 families living in the Ngo Gia Tu Tenement.

Voters in District 12 said construction of an embankment on the Sai Gon River has been progressing very slowly and the quality of the work was low due to the contractor's incapacity.

Binh Chanh District residents said many roads and bridges in the district, such as An Ha Road, Nguyen Van Bua Road, Duong Dinh Cuc Road, and Doan Nguyen Tuan Road have deteriorated and badly needed repairs.

City voters raised the issue of companies and factories that have caused environmental problems but remain unpunished.

Many people asked the council to consider and monitor the fees collected by educational institutions.

They also wanted the city Department of Education and the Ministry of Education and Training to reduce the curriculums for primary, junior, and senior high school levels and scrap the high-school graduation exam.

Voters from Can Gio District urged authorities to help teachers coming from other areas to build houses in the far-flung coastal district. — VNS

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