HAI PHONG – A working team from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has found that unsatisfactory compensation for land and irresponsible local authorities were the reasons for prolonged public complaints in the northern port city of Hai Phong, according to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
The ministry said it had received more than ten complaints from local residents.
Nguyen Thi Thien, a resident from Hai An District, complained that her family had been evicted to make way for an infrastructure project, but her house was not located on the site of the project. She said she had been granted a land use right certificate for her house and therefore was not willing to accept compensation or relocate.
After looking into the matter, the working team concluded that Thien's house was in fact not on the project site. The project's management board had made a mistake and wrongfully evicted her, causing difficulties for her and her family.
The team has instructed Hai An People's Committee to apologise to Thien and her family and create favourable conditions for them to settle again.
Related to another infrastructure development project, Vu Trong Duc and Vu Trong Tien representing 49 households and individuals rejected a Hai Phong People's Committee decision to revoke 126,888sq.m in Le Chan District where they currently reside.
Duc and Tien said the decision was outside the committee's authority. The committee had not published its plans for the land as required by law, and offered inadequate compensation and resettlement packages.
The working team said the committee had been within its rights according to the revised Law on Land from 2001. However the People's Committee chairman should take responsibility for not resolving the problem sooner in accordance with the law.
To solve complaints related to land in the city, the working team has asked the municipal people's committee to check that compensation and resettlement packages meet with legal requirements.
In a meeting with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hai Phong leaders admitted their shortcomings in resolving cases related to land, site clearance and compensation. They said they would deal with any outstanding cases as soon as possible. – VNS