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Capital city plans land-use reforms

Update: January, 16/2012 - 09:42


Narrow housefronts along Khuat Duy Tien Street in Ha Noi are demolished. The city will deal more strictly with land-related violations this year. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet
HA NOI — Ha Noi will deal more strictly with land-related violations this year in an effort to ensure proper city land management and compliance with the Land Law, the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment has announced.

The department also intended to speed up administrative reforms to improve the investment climate and create more favourable conditions for both investors and city residents, said Ha Noi People's Committee Vice Chairman Vu Hong Khanh.

Khanh noted that the process of granting certificates of land use rights remained slow and environmental protection regulations were still being implemented sporadically and without community involvement.

To raise the efficiency of land use, the department would increase inspections of projects which were progressing slowly or causing pollution, he said.

Department inspectors last year found violations by 30 organisations and proposed that the municipal People's Committee confiscate about 56,490sq.m of land allocated to 10 different organisations. Another 30 projects which failed to start on schedule were given a six-month extension.

Drastic measures should be taken to handle violations while speeding up the issuance of land use rights, Khanh also said. Last year, the department granted more than 646,800 agricultural land use rights certificates, meeting 93 per cent of its goal pursuant to Government Decree No 64 which regulated the allocation of agricultural land to farmers. — VNS

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