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Residents to make way for Long Thanh Airport

Update: September, 03/2015 - 09:27
Nearly 15,000 residents in the southern province of Dong Nai will be re-settled to other areas to allow construction of Long Thanh Airport in Dong Nai Province. — Illustrative Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY (VNS) — Nearly 15,000 residents in the southern province of Dong Nai will be re-settled to other areas to allow construction of Long Thanh Airport in Dong Nai Province.

Site clearance compensation for the airport, to be located in Long Thanh District, will amount to a total of VND13.1 trillion (about US$580 million), the Dong Nai People's Committee has said.

Total land used by individuals and families in the project's area amounts to 1,970 ha, accounting for 59 per cent of the land revoked for the project, according to the Dong Nai Department of Mineral Resources and Environment.

A spokesman for the department said some 30 households who previously rejected the resettlement plan had agreed to move.

More than 1,920 ha of land used by enterprises, religious works and offices of Government agencies will also be revoked for implementation of the project.

The Prime Minister has given final approval to the Airports Corporation of Viet Nam (ACV) to invest in the airport, which was initially approved by the Government in 2011.

Covering a total of 5,000 hectares, the international airport will be built as a category 4F airport in line with standard codes of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

It is expected to handle 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tonnes of cargo by 2025 in the first phase, which will include the construction of a runway, a terminal and auxiliary facilities.

In the second and third phases, more runways and terminals will be built to bring the total capacity to 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo a year.

Total investment capital for the project is estimated at more than $16 billion, with $5.45 billion of the figure spent in the first phase.

Project resources will be sourced from the State budget, the aviation sector's equitisation capital, official development assistance (ODA), public-private partnership capital and other sources in line with the law.

The price of land near the airport project in Dong Nai Province began to rise after the project was approved by the National Assembly in June.

Brokers for the Dat Xanh Dong Nam Bo Trading Floor said prices of plots of land at Victoria City, a housing project near the intersection of Provincial Road No 25B and National Highway No 51 in Long Thanh District, could rise by 20 per cent this month.

For housing projects far from the airport, prices have remained stable.

Farmland in Long Thanh District's communes such as Long An, Suoi Trau and Bau Can is being offered for sale as well.

According to a local broker, farmers in Suoi Trau and Bau Can are selling farmland totalling 10,000 sq metres for a total of just VND700 million to VND800 million. — VNS

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