Projects get bogged down

December 16, 2011 | 17:00
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Scores of Ho Chi Minh City-based property projects are stuck due to unreasonable compensation and inconsistent legal documents.

North Rach Chiec residential area project in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 9 was approved by the prime minister in 2001. Developer Real Estate Joint Stock Company 10 (Res 10 JSC) was later handed over 78.5 hectares for technical infrastructure construction. The project affected 438 households in Phuoc Binh and Phuoc Long A wards which were subject for relocation.

According to a Phuoc Binh ward’s inspection board report, scores of households in affected areas refused to hand over their land due to low compensation, stalling project implementation for couples of years.

Besides, after getting the land developer Res 10 transferred investment rights to eight other firms who are secondary investors to source investment capital.

One secondary investor Truong Van Quyen, director of Trade, Construction and Transport Services Enterprise belonging to Auto Transport Services JSC 6, said: “The city authorities just honoured the land use right in Phuoc Long A area to developer Res 10 JSC to empower it to split land areas to local households while it is still a long way for our secondary investors to get the same right due to incomplete site clearance and infrastructure construction.”

Res 10’s actions were counter to prime minister’s guidance since the prime minister demanded “After finalising North Rach Chiec residential area’s technical infrastructure construction, Res 10 must hand over entire land to city authorities for the city to lease land to secondary investors pursuant to the Land Law regulations.”

A plot-based housing project in District 9’s Phu Huu ward is in the same position.

In light of city authorities’ commitment on mini-housing developments in 2001, Pham Trong Thuan and 10 other households in Phu Huu ward pooled capital to carry out a plot-based housing project over 4.5ha. In August 2001, the project’s detailed planning was ratified by Ho Chi Minh City Chief Architect Office.

After finalising compensation for 32,079 square metre fields and 12,885sqm of public land Thuan had engaged in site clearance and completed infrastructure building in 2004.

However in late 2005, District 9 People’s Committee issued a document requiring a land appraisal of a land plot in the project site. Later in 2007, it enacted a decision taking back all land use right certificates already given to Thuan and other stakeholders without legitimate explanations.

The local government did not take any move to support investors since then. The project site is now laid idle. Technical infrastructure worth several million dollars faces serious quality deterioration.

“Lengthy settlement eroded our shareholder confidence. Local government needed to take back absurd documents and support us in project completion,” said Thuan.

By Quang Duy

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