Long Thanh Airport at risk of delays due to slow land clearance

July 26, 2021 | 19:15
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Long Thanh International Airport is facing a very real risk of falling behind its construction schedule as land clearance and relocation is only half completed against the deadline at the end of June.
Long Thanh Airport at risk of delays due to slow land clearance
The resettlement area for Long Thanh Airport is coming along slowly

The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has reported to the prime minister on the progress of land clearance at Long Thanh International Airport. Accordingly, so far 1,200 hectares of the total 2,532ha (50.7 per cent) area has been recovered. The land clearance work is only at about 50 per cent compared to the plan.

Compensation payments are 47 per cent completed. 2,106 households have yet to accept compensation to relocate.

Regarding the construction of resettlement areas, which is conducted in five component projects, the second component is running behind schedule with only one of seven sub-component projects on schedule.

Dong Nai province has originally planned to complete land clearance compensation and resettlement of households affected by the construction of Long Thanh International Airport by the end of June.

“If the land clearance is not completed on time, the overall construction of the first phase of the project will be impacted,” the MoT noted in the report.

Along with delays in land clearance, Dong Nai People’s Committee is also facing difficulties in answering questions from the State Audit Office of Vietnam about the adjustment of the framework of compensation for resettlement.

Currently, Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV), the investor of the third component of the project (essential facilities at the airport) is implementing a number of items such as removing bombs and mines at the site (about 30 per cent of the work) and building fences (about 20 per cent).

By Kim Oanh

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