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Ha Noi gets aggressive on slow-moving projects

Update: August, 03/2009 - 00:00

Ha Noi gets aggressive on slow-moving projects


Ha Noi has established teams to evaluate tardy projects in the area. Hacinco Tower was started in 2002 but there has been little progress at the site since 2005. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh

HA NOI — The capital authority will establish independent teams to evaluate all slow-moving projects in the city, according to vice chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Vu Hong Khanh.

"We will take aggressive action to tighten land management and improve the city’s investment environment," Khanh said at a meeting last week.

As of the end of last year, 381 projects covering a total area of 4,055ha, or 12.5 per cent of the city’s total assigned land, were reported to be progressing slowly. This number includes 294 projects that were sluggish in land clearance and 48 projects that hadn’t done any investment activities over 12 consecutive months. The last 39 projects were 24 months behind schedule.

During the three-month evaluation, which started this week, teams are to evaluate all activities, such as compensation, resettlement and land use, of all tardy projects.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment will be in charge of reviewing all projects delayed by 12 months, while the Planning and Investment Department will cover projects 24 months behind schedule. The Ha Noi Steering Committee for Land Clearance will be responsible for city-level projects while district-level projects will be covered by working teams established by districts.

The working teams will be required to submit their findings and suggestions for each project by the end of October. The municipal People’s Committee will work on these suggestions and issue final decisions by mid-November. Decisions made by the committee will be carried out and completed no later than December.

In the first six months of 2009, Ha Noi has revoked 14,960sq.m of land from six projects for leaving the land unused for too long. —VNS


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