Deputy PM urges construction on Vietnam’s new $16bn airport to begin by 2019


The construction of a new international airport near Ho Chi Minh City should begin no later than 2019, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung said on Saturday.
The Long Thanh International Airport, to be built in the southern province of Dong Nai, had been scheduled for construction beginning in 2021 and is expected to help share the load with overcrowded Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
The plan to build the new airport, 50km from Tan Son Nhat, was ratified by Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly in 2015, with an estimated cost of some VND336.63 trillion (US$16.03 billion) and a planned groundbreaking in 2021.
However construction should start earlier, Deputy PM Dung said as he met with Dong Nai authorities to discuss plans for the megaproject on the weekend.
Special mechanisms
Vice Chairman of Dong Nai Province People’s Committee Tran Van Vinh said during the meeting that once completed, Long Thanh airport would bring major socioeconomic benefits to Dong Nai, the southern economic region, as well as the country as a whole.
Therefore, Vinh said, the province had taken the initiative to draft plans for special mechanisms in site clearance, compensation, resettlement, and capital mobilization policies to speed up the project’s progress in line with directives from the National Assembly.
According to Vinh, the airport megaproject will affect the lives and income of around 4,730 households in the area, amounting to 15,000 residents, alongside a number of organizations, businesses, and religious institutions.
The implementation of special mechanisms, Vinh explained, will secure the welfare of affected citizens through accelerated construction of resettlement homes, compensation procedures, and site clearance.
Meanwhile, a representative from the country’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment noted that the simultaneous recovery of land, while economically beneficial, could result wasted land resources while construction is not underway.
Source: Tuoi Tre News
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