Dong Nai residents face eviction for airport

Update: May, 21/2015 - 10:16
A design of Long Thanh International Airport. — File Photo

DONG NAI (VNS)— Authorities in Dong Nai Province have asked the central Government to allow it to evict residents and resettle them to make way for a project to build Long Thanh airport.

At a working session on Tuesday, Dong Nai People's Committee and a work panel for handling the resettlement, said it was important to hear comments from affected residents.

Tran Van Vinh, vice-chairman of the committee, appointed the provincial Department of Natural Resources and the Environment as the focal point.

It is supposed to work with other departments and agencies to complete a blueprint of the project and submit it to the committee this month. The committee will consider it and and forward it on to other relevant agencies next month.

Vinh also asked the Department of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs to collect input from concerned departments and agencies on a vocational training scheme tailored for the affected residents.

This is hoped to help residents if they have to switch jobs. The needs of local businesses will also be taken into account.

Earlier, the province carried out a survey on the 4,566 families containing more than 14,400 people that are to be evicted.

They claimed that 99.9 per cent of the affected residents supported the building of the airport.

The survey results also showed that 9,200 residents were of working age while more than 5,000 were outside it.

Among the surveyed households, 1,820 presently live from farming; 1,100 are involved in industrial production; 307 live off services and the rest earn their incomes from diverse sources.

Located about 45km from HCM City, the Long Thanh airport, approved by the Government in 2011, is planned to open in 2020 with a capacity of 25 million passengers a year.

This will be increased to 100 million passengers when it is fully completed by 2035.

Designed to divert crowding from Tan Son Nhat airport in HCM City, which will become overloaded by 2017, construction, scheduled to begin this year, will be carried out in three phases.

The first phase is expected to be completed in 2025 - and the second in 2030.

Total investment will amount to about US$18.7 billion. It will come from the State budget, Government bonds, Official Development Assistance and private sources, with investment for the first phase estimated at $7.84 billion. — VNS