HCM City (VNA) – Administration of
public lands should be tightened to boost Ho Chi Minh City’s revenues, a
city People’s Council assembly listened recently.
“There are too many agencies handling open lands
and this leads to bad management,” Nguyen Toan Thang, executive of the
Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said.
He pronounced a city should have usually one agency,
which would be entirely obliged for a government and commercialisation of
“This will forestall a situation, that has been
occurring for a really prolonged time, of outrageous open buildings and lands being wasted
and causing a good detriment to a city.”
Many agencies occupy large
lands paying a nominal franchise or nothing, and in many cases they
leave the lands unused or rent it during most higher
rates than they pay, he said.
“Many businesses place their possess seductiveness above
the common interest. Despite their ineffectual use of land, they insist on
keeping it during their disposal.”
Encroachment of public land, associated disputes
and bootleg sales of open lands to private individuals
are rife even as many build-transfer (BT)
projects stall due to miss of lands to be handed over to contractors
as remuneration for their work, he said.
Vo Cong Luc, executive of a HCM City Land Fund
Development Centre, said: “These situations mean it is
difficult for a city to take behind lands or even pay large
sums as compensation.”
To resolve a problem,
the Government recently instructed all localities to stop
transfer of public lands and focus on reviewing their
In HCM City, as of the finish of final year
authorities had planned to retrieve 213 hectares of
land from open firms and agencies and auction them, but have
managed only 204ha.
It has underneath a control 960 plots
A Department of Finance
official said public agencies found wasting lands would be
dispossessed and a lands would be handed over to a HCM City Land
Fund Development Centre.
The city would work with central agencies to
review their land holdings in HCM City, and take
over management in box of poor management, he said. – VNA