HCMC underfinanced for evacuation of households on canals

Ho Chi Minh City plans to remove nearly 4,500 households along the canals from now until 2015. However, a report from the Department of Construction showed that the City will have to spend VND4 trillion (US$188 million) for the project.

HCMC plans to remove all 15,000 households alongside canals by the end of next year but has faced capital shortage (Photo: SGGP)

As of September 30, the city has relocated 10,356 out of 15,000 households under the program, accounting for 69 percent of the defined norm.

Deputy Chairman of the city People’s Committee Nguyen Huu Tin at a recent meeting proposed that the city should sell some resettlement areas to carry out the removal and site clearance works.

The measure would prevent waste due to the abandoned areas. Afterwards, the city could purchase new apartments and houses for the evacuees’ relocation, he said.

Besides, Mr. Tin instructed authorized agencies to resettle the households near their old accommodations, preventing from selling resettlement houses which are located far from their offices and schools to seek nearer places.

By Minh Huy – Translated by Hai Mien

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