|Loose soil and stones that have not been reinforced along the road surface fall into people's houses, disrupting their daily life. — VNA Photo Trinh Bang Nhiem
PHU YEN (VNS) — More than half of 901 affected households have not shifted to resettlements following the upgrade of National Highway 1 in the central Phu Yen Province.
The upgrade project has affected more than 4,600 families in the province, of which 901 households had to shift to 16 resettlement zones.
Till date, about 98.7 per cent of the infrastructure, comprising street lights, roads and communal houses, has been completed in the resettlement areas.
However, most of them are deserted despite the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.
"Most of the households have not moved here because they continue to live in their old houses that have been left standing after the land clearance. Some live with their relatives," Nguyen Thi Ut, one of persons who have shifted to the resettlement area, said.
People said they were not ready to move to the resettlement zones because there was no water supply.
"The new place has electricity, but no domestic water supply. Every day, I have to collect water 300m away from my house. We have also not received the land use certificates," Nguyen Thi Loan, a resident, said.
During the process of the upgrade work, hundreds of houses developed cracks, but no compensation was given.
"The weight of the road-rollers put pressure on the land, causing our houses to crack. We reported the problems to the authorities, but have not received any reply," Truong Thi Nhi, a local resident of An Chan Commune, said.
"I had to use my own money to repair my house," she said.
According to Phu Yen's Department of Transport, insurance agencies have given more than VND3.5 billion ($156,000) in compensation to 675 households that have given their land for the upgrade project.
"Under the land clearance plan, the investors gave compensation only for the land within the area of the project, and not outside. Therefore, the incurred cost, which is about VND5 billion ($223,000), has not been counted," Nguyen Thanh Tri, director of Phu Yen transport department, said.
"The transport ministry reported the problems to the Prime Minister and proposed that the money left from land clearance should be used to support families whose houses have developed cracks," he said.
The local people's lives have also been disrupted by many other problems.
There are no drainage systems along the road. So, when it rains, the water flows into the residents' houses that are located one to three metres lower than the road surface.
Additionally, the loose soil and stones that have not been reinforced along the road surface fall into people's houses and affect farming land.
Traffic safety corridors have also not built along the project road, endangering the lives of people living near the road.
"The authorities will soon solve all problems that remain after the upgrade and expansion project of National Highway 1," Tri said.
The project started in 2013, with a total investment of VND 4.35 trillion (about US$ 194 million).
The road section is 66km long and was finished in October last year. — VNS