|Experts at the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry answered citizens' questions online about land management and proprietorship. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Lam
HA NOI (VNS) — Ha Noi's Department of Natural Resources and Environment is granting land use and home ownership certificates online as part of a series of administrative reforms in land management, said the department's vice director Nguyen Trong Dong.
In May, the department launched a pilot programme to grant certificates online. Of the 921 certificates granted in the first nine months of the year, 155 were done online.
Moreover, 40.6 per cent of nearly 19,250 land plots were certified online, according to the department.
The department asked organisations to apply for land use certificates by the end of this year. After that, organisations that fail to report the current situation of their land will be fined or face higher rents. Those who found using land ineffectively or renting illegally will be evicted.
Vice director Dong said that the department sought to create a "one-stop shop" to simplify administrative procedures.
Working with the department leaders last month, Ha Noi People's Council chairwoman Ngo Thi Doan Thanh asked them to take drastic measures to improve access to land as well as stable land use by people and organisations in the city.
She asked for regular inspections in order to detect land use violations.
Land auction to add VND2 trillion to city budget
To collect more money for the city's budget, the Ha Noi People's Committee auctioned land use certificates, mostly farming land plots in residential areas.
In the first eight months of this year, the city collected VND2.47 trillion ($117 million), accounting for only 20.7 per cent of the target. Out of VND772 billion ($36 million) collected from auctioning land use certificates, nearly VND450 billion ($21 million) came from 2.5 hectares of farming land in residential areas.
Despite the gloomy real estate market, land could still attract buyers by being sold for farming. Vice director of Natural Resources and Environment Department Nguyen Trong Dong said that such land was still available in rapidly urbanised suburban districts such as Hoang Mai, Hoai Duc, Tu Liem and Thanh Tri. — VNS