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Government speeds up Long Thanh Airport construction

Updated at Friday, 13 Apr 2018, 17:09
The Hanoitimes - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung recently required relevant authorities to accelerate the draft of the feasibility study report on the Long Thanh Airport to submit it to the National Assembly in late 2019.
At a field trip to the southern province of Dong Nai, where the new airport will be located, the Deputy PM said that the site clearance of the project must be finished before 2021. Meanwhile, the implementation of the project’s report on compensation, resettlement and land clearance was some 4-6 months slower than plans. 
 
The site clearance of Long Thanh Airport must be finished before 2021
The site clearance of Long Thanh Airport must be finished before 2021
He requested a medium-term investment plan for 2021-2025 be created and it will be a basis for the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and Investment to allocate capital for the project’s construction. 
According to the Deputy PM, the State pays special attention to the resettlement and ensuring of the life, employment and income of affected people. It knows that the displaced people will face certain difficulties, so relevant agencies have made plans on vocational training and job generation to help stabilize their lives. Local administration will also build resettlement areas to ensure that they will have a better life than in old living places. 
Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh said nearly 5,400ha of land needs to be taken back to build Long Thanh airport. As a result, nearly 4,900 households with over 15,500 people will be resettled. Dong Nai is going to build two resettlement areas named Loc An – Binh Son and Binh Son in Long Thanh district. 
As income of the displaced families will be affected, the province plans to support them with an amount of money equivalent to 4.5 times of the monthly region-based minimum wage at the time of the land seizure in order to help recover their income. 
The province is carrying out a plan on vocational training, job creation and life reorganization for the targeted people, Vinh said, noting that relevant agencies have also been asked to enhance land and construction management in the project area. 
The provincial People’s Committee is ready for compensation and site clearance. However, as the feasibility study report hasn’t been approved, it is unable to carry out the work. He urged the State’s appraisal council to promptly review this feasibility study report so as to submit it to the Prime Minister for approval. 
The province has received VNĐ4.5 trillion (US$197 million) and plans to allocate a specific amount of capital resources, he said.
If the project is approved within the next month, the provincial People’s Committee would have 30 months to complete the land acquisition and resettlement for local households. 
At the meeting, Dong Nai also asked the Government and the Ministry of Transport to soon build transport infrastructure linking with Long Thanh airport, particularly expanding Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway and building Bien Hoa-Vung Tau Expressway. 
Deputy PM Dung also required relevant parties to make a plan on transport and infrastructure connection both inside and outside the new airport.
According to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the land reclamation, compensation and resettlement support for the construction of the Long Thanh International Airport is estimated to cost nearly VND23 trillion ($1.01 billion).
The Long Thanh airport aims to serve 100 million passengers and 5 million tons of cargo each year. The project includes three phases with the first one expected to be done no later than 2025, the second by 2035 and the final after 2035.
It is hoped to help ease the overload at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in nearby Ho Chi Minh City.

Minh Tam
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