province launches plan to resettle boat residents
|Houseboats on a river in
Thua Thien-Hue Province. The provincial authority plans to relocate
people living on the river in accordance with new Government
regulations. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuan Quang
THUA THIEN-HUE — The
provincial authority of Thua Thien-Hue has approved a project to resettle
residents currently living on boats on rivers and lagoons in the province.
Between 2008 and 2010,
some 900 households living on boats in the districts of Phong Dien, Quang Dien,
Huong Tra, Phu Vang and Phu Loc will be resettled in new residential areas.
Each household will be
allocated a plot of land from 150 sq.m to 200 sq.m in these residential areas
with well-developed infrastructure facilities to ensure better living standards
The project requires an
investment of VND42 billion (US$2.7 million). Capital will come from state
coffers and donations from individuals and organisations.
According to figures from
Thua Thien-Hue People’s Committee, the province currently has some 2,000
households with 15,000 people living on boats. The ancient city of Hue is
housing some 1,000 boat households with nearly 8,000 people now living in the
wards of Phu Binh, Phu Hiep, Phu Hau and Vy Da. — VNS