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Thousands of homes to make way for airport

Update: October, 19/2015 - 09:08
All of households in Suoi Trau Commune of the southern Dong Nai province will be relocated to make room for the construction of the Long Thanh international airport. — Photo mot.gov.vn

DONG NAI (VNS) — As many as 4,730 households in this southern province will be relocated to make room for the construction of the Long Thanh international airport.

The provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) made this announcement at a recent meeting.

Nearly two-thirds of the 15,000 affected people, who reside in the Long Thanh District communes of Binh Son, Suoi Trau, Cam Duong and Bau Can, as well as Long An and Long Phuoc, are of working age.

Most of them make their livelihoods in agriculture and industry, the ministry said, noting that close to 3,000 out of 5,000ha of land allocated to the project were currently being used by local families and individuals.

The need to offer satisfactory compensation to the families and help them quickly settle down in their new location was the main topic of discussion at the October 15 meeting, which was attended by officials from the relevant departments, agencies and localities in Dong Nai.

At the meeting on Thursday, the DoNRE urged the creation of a policy framework on compensation for and resettlement of the local residents to serve as a legal basis for the task.

Dinh Quoc Thai, Chairman of the provincial People's Committee, stressed the need to cautiously assess compensation options to ensure a stable life for the affected residents in terms of accommodation, livelihood, education and healthcare.

As proposed, land clearance and compensation will be completed in two phases, with more than 2,557ha of land in Binh Son, Long An, Suoi Trau and Cam Duong communes to be reclaimed first, affecting more than 1,800 households.

The total cost for this phase is estimated at some VND5 trillion (US$225 million).

Dong Nai province has zoned off two resettlement areas north of the airport, spanning 564ha.

The Long Thanh international airport project was approved by the National Assembly in June this year. Once completed, the airport will be able to handle 100 million passengers and five million tonnes of cargo per year.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, and the airport is likely to become operational by 2023. — VNS

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