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500 households to relocate from Old Quarter

Released at: 19:56, 19/01/2015

500 households to relocate from Old Quarter

First stage of plan requires 533 households in the Old Quarter to resettle in Long Bien district.

by Nguyen Quynh

The Hanoi People’s Committee on January 16 announced the first stage of a plan to relocate households in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in Hoan Kiem district to Long Bien district. According to Mr. Pham Tuan Long, Deputy Manager of the Old Quarter Management Board, 533 households with 1,856 people must relocate in this first stage.

He also said that in the third quarter of this year Hanoi will begin to implement infrastructure projects in Long Bien district, including roads, residential apartments, schools and clinics, which are expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Regarding benefits for those who must relocate, Mr. Lam Quoc Hung, Deputy Chairman of the Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, indicated that 30 square meters of their new apartment in the Viet Hung New Urban Area in Long Bien district will be provided for free, while payment for the remaining area can be made over a period of several years.

Households relocating will receive support to purchase an apartment and they are still unable to do so they can lease. Households who refuse to accept a resettlement house or apartment will be compensated based on the land price framework and receive an additional VND100 million ($5,632).

The relocation of people from the Old Quarter is a key policy of the Hanoi People’s Committee that aims to cut the area’s population density from 823 people per ha to 500 people per ha to 2020, contributing to improving the local environment and protecting its precious heritage.

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