Lack of funds stalls park development in HCMC

Nguyen Thi Hien Luong, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport stated that several projects were behind schedule owing to non allocation of funds.

Flowers and ornamental trees cover several roundabouts in HCMC to create more green space (Photo: SGGP)

The Saigon Safari Park project in Cu Chi District is on hold as 27 households, one school and hundreds of tombs have not yet been compensated due to shortage of funds.

The same reason has also not allowed the already approved projects of Ho Khanh Hoi Park in District 4 and Ward 4 Park in District 8 from taking off ground.

13 districts within the city limits like 1, 3, 5, 6, and 10 have very limited land for park construction which does not make it feasible for the development of parks.

Moreover, investors in some new residential areas have misused the land meant for growing trees to build and rent tennis and football courses.

Shortage of capital is also not allowing parks to grow in outlying districts of the city where there is no dearth of excess land for parks.

Local authorities have also pointed out that lack of administration is carelessly letting existing parks go to seed in districts 5, 6 and several outlying districts, where illegal encroachment is rampant.

By An Nhien – Translated by Hong Lien

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