|Seventy-seven kiosks, warehouses and shops illegally erected on prime land plots in Ward 6 of HCM City's Tan Binh District will be removed.— Photo landtoday.net
HCM CITY (VNS)— Seventy-seven kiosks, warehouses and shops illegally erected on prime land plots in Ward 6 of HCM City's Tan Binh District will be removed, local authorities have said.
The move comes after local residents informed the authorities of the illegal occupation and construction on land that is under the management of the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunication Corporation, a Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper report said on Saturday.
The land under question is located on Ly Thuong Kiet and Bac Hai Streets.
The report said it was surprising that the violations were not discovered by the ward administration until residents reported the issue to district level authorities.
It cited officials from the Tan Binh District People's Committee as saying it has received reports about violations made by 20 kiosks.
The other kiosks had been rented from other people, and the officials had not been able to determine the original owners who committed the violation, the report said.
It said, three months earlier, the southern branch of the Viet Nam Post and Telecommunication Corporation had asked the kiosks to vacate the premises, but the businesses had refused to do so.
Traders at the kiosks said they'd rented their premises from other people at between VND5 million (US$250) per 50sq.m per month, and were not willing to move. Most of the kiosks are selling construction materials and ornamental trees.
The report cited the Tan Binh district administration as saying that owners of the 77 illegally erected kiosks have collected VND13 billion (US$619,000) in rent since 2008.
Some traders who have rented kiosks on Ly Thuong Kiet said their landlord was Nguyen Thi Soan, from whom they had rented their premises since October 2011.
Soan promised to have the leasing contracts signed in the presence of local authorities as required, but kept avoiding the task, the traders said.
Nguyen Trung Son, deputy chief of office for the Tan Binh People's Committee, said the district administration plans to remove six kiosks on Ly Thuong Kiet Street this month and deal with other constructions later. — VNS