In response to Samsung's proposal to the Ministry of Information and Communications, Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung and leaders of Thai Nguyen province went to inspect its housing for workers.
Mr. Nguyen Manh Ha, Director of the Housing and Real Estate Management Department under the Ministry of Construction, expressed concern that the area around Samsung’s factory may become a self-developed residential area absent of any urban planning. He is also concerned that the number of people actually residing around the factory will be higher than the number of workers, as many have families.
He emphasized that Thai Nguyen province needs to have a residential area development plan to avoid overload and exert some level of control in the long term. “There could be unintended consequences relating to essential services such as healthcare and kindergartens, etc. if no timely measures are implemented,” he said.
Mr. Nguyen Dinh Phach, Thai Nguyen’s Party Committee Secretary, acknowledged that infrastructure is mostly old and public services were weak while the residency demands of Samsung’s workers are growing rapidly.
He therefore asked the Ministry of Construction for support in “re-planning” the public administration area, as well as the new urban area, for the province to develop faster.
Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung asked relevant agencies to ensure basic facilities such as electricity, water, and security, etc. to help workers to settle down.