PM: Legitimate interests of residents in Thu Thiem must be ensured

Wednesday, 2018-05-16 03:36:47
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the working session. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO/VNA – Complaints and petitions regarding the Thu Thiem new urban area in Ho Chi Minh City must be settled in line with the laws and policies, to ensure the legitimate interests of residents, said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Speaking at a working session with representatives of the relevant ministries and agencies and the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, in Hanoi, on May 15, the PM said it is necessary to harmonise the interests of the State, investors and people.

He highlighted the investigations into incidents and dialogues with the public in order to reach consensus on the settlement methods, stating that incidents should be addressed following the set roadmaps.

PM Phuc assigned the Government Inspectorate to clarify the complaints on land reclamation, compensation and resettlement support, while proposing settlement measures in accordance with legal regulations. The outcomes of the work should be reported to the PM before July 15, 2018.

The Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Construction and Justice, as well as the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, were requested to closely coordinate with the Government Inspectorate in reviewing and handling complaints.

The leader also asked the municipal People’s Committee to implement suitable policies towards local people, especially residents who have yet been relocated although they have handed over their land to the project.

Covering a total area of 657 hectares, the Thu Thiem new urban area is located on Thu Thiem peninsula in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2, which faces downtown District 1 across Saigon River.

Approved by the Government in 1996, the proposed financial district and mixed-use urban area of Ho Chi Minh City is set to become the largest inner-city development in Southeast Asia.

Thu Thiem will relieve some of the pressure the city currently faces. The infrastructure within the city’s existing central business district is starting to become overloaded due to the rapid growth during the last three decades, the city authorities stated.