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Slow progress for key projects in Hanoi

Released at: 23:57, 03/04/2015

Slow progress for key projects in Hanoi

Land clearance, compensation and resettlement for residents proving to be more complex than anticipated.

by Son Ho

13 key projects in the areas of transport, environment and health are planned for completion in Hanoi by the end of 2015, but this goal is proving difficult to achieve.

According to the Hanoi Department for Planning and Investment, the slow progress is being caused by delays in clearance works stemming from difficulties in negotiating resettlement with many residents who live in development zones. For example, investors in the Ring Road No. 1 project are still waiting on compensation approval for over 200 households and six offices, at an expected cost of VND380 billion. As far as Ring Road No. 2, residents from only 236 dwellings have had resettlement arranged from a total of 553.

In two environmental projects by the Hanoi Department of Construction clearance work for drainage projects remains incomplete. Likewise for the Soc Son waste disposal complex area project, the same task is only 50 per cent completed after half a year. As a result, there will not be enough space for nearly 4,000 tons of waste in Hanoi.

“The slow progress of the project work is mainly due to clearance problems because housing is decentralized,” said Mr. Nguyen The Binh, Director of Ta Ngan Management Board. “Therefore, the arrangement of settlement needs to be one step ahead. Furthermore, the content of land or resettlement prices under the Law on Land should be published soon, thus furthering progress on suitable compensation plans.”

Agreeing with this sentiment is Mr. Truong Quang Thieu, Head of Hanoi’s Clearance Steering Committee. “Resettlement is difficult to synchronize with projects, because policy making needs to be done first. Only after that can resettlement plans be created.” said Mr. Thieu, adding that problems should be identified at local level, so that issues can be solved more efficiently.

So far, prices for land compensation in 2015 have not been approved. Therefore, approvals and payments for citizens is difficult. However, the Hanoi Provincial People’s Committee has requested that investors focus on coming to satisfactory conclusions for all parties, preferably by the close of April.

Investment amounts of 13 key projects:


Total investment amount


Ring Road No. 1 (O Dong Mac – Nguyen Khoai)

$52.76 million


Road No. 5 extension

$308.54 million


Ring Road No. 2 (So crossroads – Vong crossroads)

$118.58 million


Construction of North Thang Long – Van Tri intersection

$39.88 million


Construction of Long Bien district’s center intersection

$131.87 million


Development of Hanoi urban transport

$474.5 million


Hanoi Drainage Project No. 2

$449.03 million


Expansion of Soc Son waste disposal complex area

$44.88 million


Construction and development of Duc Giang Hospital

$39.93 million


Construction of technology research, transfer and appraisal center

$27.33 million


Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

$15.73 million


Investment of Firefighting equipment

$31.59 million


Planning for the overall system of Hanoi firefighting force and salvage force to 2025, vision to 2030

Yet to be published

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