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Coercive land seizure delays road project

Update: December, 09/2013 - 09:22

HA NOI (VNS) — The construction of a VND4 trillion (US$192.3 million) road connecting Ha Nam and Nam Dinh provinces is lagging behind schedule, as four households refuse to hand over their land.

The four-lane route was planned to open for traffic by the end of this year and was expected to be the main trading gateway between the two provinces and other provinces in the Hong (Red) River Delta, reducing traffic congestion.

The project, which got approval from the Government in 2007, aimed to connect Phu Ly and My Loc districts in the two northern provinces.

The proposed road is almost 21 kilometers in length, of which 16 kilometers runs through Ha Nam Province and the remaining 4.7 kilometers goes through the neighboring province of Nam Dinh.

However, four households in northern Nam Dinh Province have not yet agreed with the compensation amount proposed by the project's contractor.

Tran Tat Nguyen, Deputy Chairman of My Loc District's People's Committee, said that four households in My Thuan Commune had not handed over their land due to disagreements over compensation and the price of resettlement land.

Two claimed they were entitled to one more resettlement portion than they were offered.

The committee has revoked 34.6ha of land from 551 households in the district for the project and organised 37 meetings to answer questions about compensation, in addition to visiting every household to persuade them to hand over their land.

According to Nguyen, the requests of the four households were against regulations and infeasible.

Local authorities abided by all regulations during the compensation and land clearance processes, he said.

Dang Kim Chien, Chairman of the My Loc People's Committee, said that the authority planned to forcibly take the land of the four households in December if they could not be persuaded to hand it over. — VNS



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