Defense Ministry: No more military land leases at TSN airport

Defense Ministry: No more military land leases at TSN airport

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A view of Tan Son Nhat International Airport – PHOTO: ANH QUAN

HCMC – The military will neither sign new leases of its land at the Tan Son Nhat (TSN) International Airport nor set up joint ventures to use this land for commercial purposes, a deputy minister of defense said at a conference in HCMC on August 8.

The acreage of military land nationwide is more than 1,060 hectares, with 489 hectares of it under the management of the military, 107 hectares used for civil aviation, and 464 hectares utilized for both military and civil purposes.

The Ministry of Defense has handed over around 52.2 hectares of land in Tan Son Nhat airport area since 2014. Most recently, the ministry has transferred about 12 hectares to the HCMC government, and some 40.2 hectares to the Ministry of Transport to build road, water reservoir, runway, aircraft parking space and passenger terminal, among others.

Deputy Minister of Defense Tran Don said at the conference that military land in the airport area has been used for economic activity since 1975. This is aimed strengthening the management and use of military land, creating a landscape, preventing illegal encroachment, generating new revenue streams for the military, serving defense goals, and improving the living conditions of troops.

Don added the ministry has carried out a host of reviews and checks, so military land in the airport area is now well managed.

The Defense Ministry has ordered its military units to strictly observe the land law and regulations, and the Central Military Commission’s resolution on the management and use of military land by 2020.

He told all military units to neither sign new land lease agreements nor form joint ventures to use land at the airport to facilitate the revision of a master plan for land use there.

The military must clear all gas stations around the area within one month to make room in the northern part of the nation’s busiest airport, he said.

Regarding the golf course inside the airport premises, Don said the golf course is situated on military land, so if the Government wants to take it back to build a new runway, it can be done any time and without delay.

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