Dong Nai wants to take resettlement job in Long Thanh airport project

The proposal aims to quicken resettlement of and compensation and help affected households resettle as soon as possible, heard a meeting between leaders of the southern province and its departments on site clearance and compensation for the multi-billion-dollar project in Long Thanh District on Tuesday.

The province held the meeting with relevant agencies to discuss resettlement and compensation for the international airport project, which would cover 2,750 hectares, instead of the originally planned 5,000 hectares.

At the meeting, leaders of departments requested the agency responsible for drawing up resettlement and compensation schemes to listen to local residents and prioritize job creations for the households whose land will be cleared to make room for the project, according to VietnamPlus.

Tran Van Vinh, vice chairman of Dong Nai Province, told the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to work with relevant agencies to complete the schemes this month for submission to ministries for consideration next month.

Vinh assigned the provincial Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to prepare supporting measures for the affected households and train them so that they could work for local enterprises in need of new recruits.

According to Dong Nai Province, 4,566 households with 14,400 members will be affected by the Long Thanh airport project and more than 9,200 of them are of working age. Some 1,820 of the households depend on farming while 1,407 have incomes at industrial parks.

A survey of the province showed that almost all the affected households support the development of the international airport, whose first phase will require some US$5.2 billion (some VND109.97 trillion). State funding is expected to amount to VND12.15 trillion (around US$559 million) in the first phase, ODA loans VND29.18 trillion, and other sources VND68.64 trillion.

Deputies of the National Assembly will discuss the need to develop the airport at their ongoing sitting in Hanoi after the project got the green light from the Party Central Committee earlier this month.

The airport is expected to have one runway and one terminal able to handle 25 million passengers per year in the first phase. The second runway and another terminal would be built in the second phase to handle 50 million passengers a year before its annual capacity is increased to 100 million passengers.

The cost of the project has been adjusted down to around US$15.8 billion from the initial estimate of US$18.7 billion.

Initially, the first phase was planned from 2015 to 2020 with two parallel runways and terminals able to receive 25 million passengers and 1.2 million tons of cargo per year as well as parking space for 34 aircraft. The second phase until 2030 would have three runways with each being 4,000 meters long, and terminals for 50 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo a year.

A fourth runway was planned in the third phase after 2030, and the airport would then have terminals for 100 million passengers and five million tons of cargo per year.

When in place, Long Thanh would be able to handle 90% of international flights and 20% of domestic services in the south from 2020 to 2035. It will replace Tan Son Nhat as the biggest international airport in Vietnam and become a major aviation hub in Southeast Asia.

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