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Ninh Thuan urges land clearing for highway construction

Update: July, 23/2015 - 15:55
Work undergone on National Highway 1A in the Ninh Thuan Province. — Photo tapchigiaothong.vn

NINH THUAN (VNS) — Ninh Thuan Province's People's Committee has asked district authorities to take tough measures to complete the clearing of land for National Highway 1A's construction by the end of this month.

The build-operate-transfer (BOT) project for constructing and expanding a section of National Highway 1A in the central coastal province should be completed by the end of this year as per schedule.

However, the slow land clearing for building the 37km-long section in the province has been hindering the construction.

More than 100 households in the districts of Ninh Hai, Ninh Phuoc and Thuan Nam have been refusing to vacate their land for the project.

The local people have not accepted the compensation amounts as well as relocated housing.

Chairman of the People's Committee of Phuoc Dan Township in Ninh Phuoc District Vo Duc Khang said many households had refused to vacate and hand over their land.

"They have asked for unreasonable compensation rates, which do not comply with the law and regulations," Khang said.

A 600m-long section of the road will pass through the township, but the construction is at a standstill.

Nguyen Thanh Luy, vice-director of the project management board, said the construction of National Highway 1A was very important for the socio-economic development of the country and Ninh Thuan Province as well.

However, 60 per cent of work is yet to be done.

To resolve the issue, the provincial Natural Resources and Environment Department has asked relevant offices to review the compensation rates and relocation of the people, as well as to explain to them the government policies relating to public construction work.

People who were deliberately refusing to move out would be forced to vacate and hand over the land to the project, the department's Vice-Director Tong My Cuong said. — VNS

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