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Hanoi proposes revoking long-delayed projects

Updated at Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 16:51
The Hanoitimes - The supervision group of the Hanoi People’s Council has asked the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment to work with the city’s authorities in order to reclaim long-delayed projects which violate the current Land Law.
The department has been urged to publicise projects which violate the law in the mass media, and to refuse to hand over any new projects to violating investors. The projects in question were financed by extra-budgetary resources.
At the meeting
At the meeting
According to the department, 161 projects have been found to have violations, it was proposed that they be investigated, and punishments be handed out accordingly.
During a working session on May 22, the supervision group pointed out the department’s shortcomings in the management of these projects.
The department has been slow in consulting with city’s authorities to address these projects’ difficulties, and given too few updates on the status of long-delayed projects, the supervision group said.
Earlier the city’s authorities extended the projects’ deadlines, however, the department has not properly kept track on the process.
The department also failed to collaborate with relevant sectors and localities in inspections, as well as in giving out punishments to investors who have delayed projects and violated the Land Law.
Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Council, said that the shortcomings are mainly due to subjective reasons including land management faults of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, as well as a lack of cooperation among localities, limited capacity of officials, weak financial capacity and the experience of investors.
The group asked the department to educate people on land to improve capacity of natural resource and land survey officials.
It was urged to address land-related obstacles proposed by localities, conduct regular inspections and supervise the process after inspections. 
Furthermore, it should set up a land database system, digitalising the city’s map and posting this online for public use, and update changes of frequently so that the investors are up to date and have no justification for violations.
Tuan pointed out that land management is a complicated issue that is of particular concern to citizens. Land management and use has been part of the local People’s Council supervision programme this year.
Tuan Minh
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