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Resettlement slow at hydropower plants

Update: November, 22/2014 - 10:08
A resettlement area in Son La. Hydropower plants have displaced thousands of people, but finding them a new place to live remains a problem. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

LAI CHAU (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai called for the prompt resettlement of people displaced by the construction of hydropower plants in Son La and Lai Chau provinces.

Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau provinces are already creating resettlement areas, but are making slow progress on compensation payments for displaced residents, as well as financial paperwork at the Son La hydropower plant.

By the end of October, contractors finished 80 percent of the Lai Chau hydropower plant. However, progress has been sluggish on the road network between Nam Nhun, Muong Te and Pac Ma, as well as on site clearance, the bidding procedures for the Son La- Lai Chau 500kV transmission line and infrastructure development in resettlement areas, according to the State Steering Board for the Son La and Lai Chau hydropower projects.

In Lai Chau, resettlement and site clearance procedures for the hydropower plant were on schedule, with more than 1,380 households relocated and given access to clean water and electricity. Lai Chau authorities requested permission to use VND75 billion (US$3.5 million) from the project's budget to renovate facilities serving displaced residents.

Hai called on relevant units to finish a financial report on the resettlement process for the Son La hydropower plant, which is expected to be complete next year. He also asked the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade, Transport, Finance and Planning and Investment to help implement the project.

Earlier, Hai inspected the progress at the Lai Chau hydropower plant.—VNS


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