Land clearance stalls road projects

Update: August, 29/2014 - 08:34
The intersection of Kim Ma and Tran Phu in Ha Noi. Land clearance for three major road projects, including a road from Tran Phu Street to Kim Ma Street, is supposed to be completed this year. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Land clearance for three major road projects must be completed this year, municipal People's Committee vice chairman Nguyen Quoc Hung said at a meeting with project investors and relevant agencies on Wednesday.

The three projects include a section of Ring Road 1 stretching from O Dong Mac Street to Nguyen Khoai Street, a road from Cau Giay to Nhat Tan approaching Nhat Tan Bridge and a road from Tran Phu Street to Kim Ma Street.

Approved in 2005, the O Dong Mac – Nguyen Khoai road project requires 41,000 sq.m in four Hai Ba Trung District wards (Thanh Nhan, Dong Mac, Thanh Luong and Bach Dang).

The city invested over VND813 billion (US$38.4 million) in the project, including VND669 billion ($31.6 million) for land clearance and compensation. About 850 families have to move to make room for the road, 800 of whom want apartments for resettlement. Yet only 330 apartments are ready for resettlement and none have yet been handed over, according to Ta Ngan Infrastructure Project Management Board.

For the Nhat Tan- Cau Giay project, 1,555 households in Tay Ho, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh and Dong Da districts were required to move. However, 689 did not agree with the compensation rate and refused to move.

According to the city's Construction Department, the city had enough housing for resettled people and would deliver it by September 9.

The Tran Phu – Kim Ma project was approved in October 2011 with a VND225 billion ($10.6 million) budget, including nearly VND150 billion ($7.1 million) for land clearance and resettlement. The 11,750 sq.m project involves the resettlement of nearly 200 households in Kim Ma Ward and Dien Bien Ward in Ba Dinh District, 77 of which have agreed to move. However, 71 of them have not been accommodated because the allocated apartments failed to meet fire prevention regulations.

Vice chairman Hung said that the Construction Department, Fire Fighting and Prevention Department, investors and housing developers would soon complete resettlement projects but did not specify when. The move would not only speed up road building but would also save money for the city, which was currently subsidising temporary accommodation for affected residents, he added. — VNS