|Despite big State investment in roads, schools and other infrastructure in the 100 hectare Ninh Thuy resettlement zone in central Khanh Hoa province over the last six years, few people live there. — Photo danviet.vn
KHANH HOA (VNS) — Despite big State investment in roads, schools and other infrastructure in the 100 hectare Ninh Thuy resettlement zone in central Khanh Hoa province over the last six years, few people live there.
This is because there is limited farmland, the cost of water is too high - and the site is too remote.
The resettlement zone is located in Ninh Tho commune in Ninh Hoa town. It was built in 2009 for about 500 residents of Ninh Yeng hamlet about 10km away.
They were forced to leave their land as three Van Phong thermo-power plants were built. In the first phase, the province invested VND426 billion (US$20.3 million) to complete infrastructure for a residential area of 35ha. However only six families live there.
Tran Van Huong has just finished building his house in the resettlement zone. He was offered a plot of land to build a house and a 200sq.m plot of land for farming.
Every day, Huong drives more than 10km to Ninh Phuoc commune to work on other people's farms.
Another inhabitant, Kieu Thi Phong, said that even though her family had 10 people, it had been allocated only 200sq.m for farming.
By October, all households in Ninh Yeng hamlet have to leave and either accept resettlement or go elsewhere.
At present, 30 households in the hamlet have declined to accept compensation and another 23 households have refused to accept land in the resettlement zone.
Le Van Thong, one of those who has to move, complained that the compensation money was far too low.
"In my village, I have more than 8,000sq.m of land to cultivate garlic and 500sq.m land for living. But I only received compensation of VND1.1 billion. This was the market price in 2010," he said.
"Moreover, in my old village, I made VND200 million profits from garlic each year. When I came to this resettlement zone, I was given only 200sq.m, so how can I earn a living?," Thong said.
Nguyen Vinh Thanh, deputy chairman of Ninh Hoa town's People's Committee, said the complaints were real. "We will soon send a official document to the Khanh Hoa Province's People's Committee to ask for a change in their decisions. It is important to ensure a stable life for local inhabitants and their welfare," Thanh said. — VNS