|As many as 37 hectares of reclaimed land along Cua Tung-Cua Viet beaches of central Quang Tri Province has been abandoned for years, leaving locals without cultivation land. — Photo nhandan.com.vn
QUANG TRI (VNS) — As many as 37 hectares of reclaimed land along Cua Tung-Cua Viet beaches of central Quang Tri Province has been abandoned for years, leaving locals without cultivation land, the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.
In 2007, the land lot was reclaimed for a resort construction project worth nearly VND600 billion (US$26.7 million).
At that time, residents were compensated at a price of VND12,000 (50 cents) per square metre, Tran Xuan Tuong, Chairman of People's Committee of Trung Giang Ward in Gio Linh District said.
However, until now the land is still surrounded with a corrugated iron fence. On the locked gate leading to the land are painted letters saying "No entry".
Tuong said that nearly five hectares of reclaimed land was forest protection land. The rest could mainly be used for cultivation purposes.
Having difficulties in earning their living from the sea, locals shifted to planting farm produce.
As their land was reclaimed, many of them have to leave their village and work for other employers, Nguyen Van Tao, head of Thuy Ban Hamlet of Trung Giang Ward, home to nearly 175 households, said.
He said that the road leading to the sea, which was situated within the reclaimed land lot, was also blocked by Cua Tung Tourism Service and Trading Joint Stock Company, the project's investor.
Many locals have shown their anger by removing a section of iron fence for cows to enter the land and eat grass, he said.
Trung Giang Commune authorities said that they could not get involved in the case as the project was under the management of Quang Tri Province.
Dang Trong Van, deputy director of the provincial Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said the department had made a fact-finding inspection on the land and submitted a document to the provincial People's Committee, urging the investors to implement the project by the end of last year.
He told the newspaper if the bank (the unit assigned to the land) was reluctant to implement the project, the land would be recovered following the laws.
However, last week, a Tien Phong reporter headed back to the locality and did not find out any new movement. — VNS