People suffer because of big projects… hang

Mr. Le Thanh, 61 years old, in the coastal village of My Thuy of Hai An commune, Hai Lang district, there are 6 people living in a dilapidated fourth-grade roof. Mr. Thanh’s house is about 200m from the land planned to build My Thuy port area. Mr. Thanh said, they had a massive groundbreaking ceremony, then left it untouched for 2 years.

Not only this project, many other projects in the Southeast Economic Zone are the same. As a result, the locality did not have the funds to compensate for site clearance and resettlement, and the people had to live in a suspended planning situation for many years without being resolved.

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People in the coastal areas of Hai An and Hai Khe communes were forced to abandon their houses and ponds to raise shrimp because of planning problems

“Can’t go, can’t stay, is a situation where many families for 2-3 generations have had to live in cramped quarters over the years in a narrow, degraded level 4 house, but they are not allowed to renovate or expand their residence. this Hai An area. Children who get married, get married and want to go out to build a new house, it is also not possible. Most of the land, ponds and lakes developed for agricultural production and aquaculture in the past have been abandoned for many years. Because of planning problems, no one dares to take risks to invest,” said Mr. Thanh.

Head of Quang Tri Economic Zone Management Board Pham Ngoc Minh said that in 2021 and from the beginning of 2022 until now, the unit as well as departments, branches and the Provincial People’s Committee have invited investors to work and encourage many times. Director, requested to complete the project on schedule as committed, but they repeatedly promised on paper but did not do it.

We came to the area 2 years ago, where on February 27, 2020, Quang Tri province held a grand ground-breaking ceremony to build the My Thuy port area, but up to now (March 20, 2022) ) this place is still just a wasteland.

Opposite the large land, by the road running along the sea are the shrimp ponds of the people to wild overgrown grass.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Hai An Commune, Mr. Le Ba Phuoc, said that the consequences of the suspended project and the hanging plan will still greatly affect the daily life and production of people in the region. Its consequences are not simply a pullback of local socio-economic development, but will create many other instability, especially ensuring security and order.

Research by PV Tien Phong shows that in 2015, the Prime Minister approved the establishment of the Southeast Economic Zone in Quang Tri province. This is considered the largest economic zone in this province with an area of ​​​​nearly 24,000 hectares, including 17 coastal communes in 3 districts of Hai Lang, Trieu Phong and Gio Linh.

Right after the decision on approval of the planning area and location is issued, people here are not allowed to renovate, expand or build new civil works; The land areas for development of agricultural – forestry – fishery production after inspection and statistics, if long-term investment (construction of barns, ponds and lakes…) will not be compensated when the site is recovered and cleared…

For the construction project of My Thuy port area, after many times inviting and selecting investors, the People’s Committee of Quang Tri province approved for My Thuy International Port Joint Venture Joint Stock Company to invest in this project. The project scale is 685 ha, including 10 berths and is invested in 3 phases. In which, phase 1 from 2018 to 2025 invests in 4 berths with a total investment of 14,234 billion VND, of which phase 1 needs to invest 4,946 billion VND.

Worth mentioning, the construction of this large-capital project, over the years, seems to be just the intentions and aspirations on … paper of investors.

According to Huu Thanh

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