Foreigners who want to buy houses in Hanoi told to wait

VietNamNet Bridge - After eight years of implementation with many delays due to slow site clearance, the second phase of the water drainage project in Hanoi was finished in mid-November. With VND8 trillion ($35.5 million) spent, the inner city is expected to be free from flooding. it was a key project helping the city fight flooding in the core urban area within the To Lich river basin of 77.5 kilometers. It is designed to ensure water drainage for 10 years under a rainwater of 310 mm for two days. As the project implementation began in November 2008, it was initially planned to get completed and become operational in 2014. However, the project experienced a lot of delays because of the slow site clearance pace and it could only get completed last November. Explaining the delays, the representative of the Hanoi Water Drainage Project Management Board said the board had to deal with a big workload, while poor land management hindered the site clearance. After eight years of implementation with many delays due to slow site clearance, the second phase of the water drainage project in Hanoi was finished in mid-November. With VND8 trillion spent, the inner city is expected to be free from flooding. Since the compensation of landlords for site clearance went slowly, contractors could not execute the construction works on large premises which affected their construction plans. As a result, the investment capital of the project was raised to VND1 trillion The project was initially estimated to cost…... [read more]

Private gains from public assets Son Nguyen By Son Nguyen in HCMC Finally, the eight-year saga comes to a happy ending when Hoang Van Nghien, former chairman of Hanoi City government, agrees to hand over a villa in the capital city to the State. The former leader, who retired eight years ago and whose application to buy the official-use villa was then rejected, has rented the pricey property ever since, defying repeated calls by State agencies to return the villa. While the final outcome can be deemed satisfactory, disputes surrounding the handover give much food for thought over the loose management of State assets, as covered in local media these days. The villa, measuring some 400 square meters on Nguyen Che Nghia Street in the heart of Hanoi City, is said to be valued at millions of U.S. dollars. The former chairman, renting the villa at less than VND500,000 a month, or just over US$20, is not living at the State-owned building, but leaves it all to his son. Hanoi officials have many times suggested that Hoang Van Nghien return the villa, and in compensation, they will look for another villa for the former chairman. In March last year, the Hanoi Construction Department secured a land lot in Cau Giay District, and suggested this solution to Nghien, who last May approved the compensation scheme but then swiftly rejected it in a reply last July, Tien Phong reports. Then, only last month, the former chairman of Hanoi City wrote to authorities…... [read more]

Developers and buyers snub low-cost condos By Thoa Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily Accommodation for workers of Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone is seen in HCMC’s District 7 - Photo: Dinh Dung HANOI – Developers are indifferent to housing projects for low-income people and factory workers due to capital shortages and slow capital recovery while buyers are not keen on low-cost homes for insufficient infrastructure. Nguyen Xuan Chinh, head of the Hanoi Authority for Industrial Parks and Export Processing Zones, was speaking at a meeting on a housing development program and low-cost housing projects held by the government of Hanoi City last week. Both developers and homebuyers are distressful Housing projects for low-income people and workers are suffering low occupancy, said most business executives at the meeting. Many investors are not keen on rolling out their projects given high volumes of unsold condos and slow capital recovery. In particular, the CT19 project worth VND179 billion in Viet Hung urban area has 515 apartments but only 270 units has been handed over to buyers so far. The VND121 billion CT21 project, also in Viet Hung, has got approval from the city government to sell 178 of a total of 300 units. Meanwhile, the project in Dang Xa has only sold 650 out of a total of 950 apartments, according to a report of the Hanoi Department of Construction. Tran Duc Son, director of Hanoi Housing Management and Development Co., noted the biggest problem lies in installment payment delays after houses…... [read more]

The US$800 million Japanese ODA loan project is the largest of its kind in Vietnam, with a capacity to treat 270,000m3 of wastewater per day collected in an area of over 4,800 ha covering Hanoi’s districts of Ba Dinh, Tu Liem, Dong Da, Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Ha Dong and Thanh Tri. The project includes a wastewater treatment plant and a wastewater collection system with a total length spanning approximately 52 km comprised of various kinds of sewers. The scheme is expected to revive local rivers such as the To Lich, Lu, Set and Nhue Rivers which have suffered serious pollution in recent years, contributing to improving the capital city’s landscape, urban ecology and sustainable development. According to Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung of the Hanoi municipal People’s Committee, the pollution of the city’s rivers and lakes is an urgent problem which must be addressed. Currently, the city's waste water is collected by sewer systems, which is then discharged into canals, lakes and four main drainage rivers including the Kim Nguu, Set, To Lich and Lu Rivers. Therefore, construction of the large-scale system is essential, Chairman Chung said, adding that once completed the project would significantly contribute to improving water quality and cleaning up the rivers in the capital city. The Hanoi’s senior official also urged relevant construction units to make efforts to complete the project and have it ready for use by 2019, two years ahead of schedule. Le Van Duc, Director of Hanoi Construction Department noted that the project…... [read more]

House address chaos in Hanoi will be completely solved this year, according to a decision from municipal authorities. Under the decision, the construction department will instruct districts and wards to review the situation and complete house addressing by the end of this year. Confusion about street names and house numbers in newly-expanded areas has added to the chaos of streets in Hanoi, making it difficult for people to find addresses. According to statistics from the Hanoi Construction Department, house number chaos has occurred in districts with newly-built roads. This was an urgent problem that came with rapid urbanisation, said the department. The problem is clear to see on on Xã Đàn, Vũ Phạm Hàm, Lê Văn Lương or Đền Lừ streets as there are multiple addresses with the same number and the number often follow no logical order. For example, in a small lane in Mỹ Quang Pagoda of Đống Đa District's Khâm Thiên Street, there are 20 houses with the same address. Normally, houses located on the same road are given odd or even numbers, but in Hanoi, house numbers don't follow any order, the department said. Some houses have two addresses or addresses were numbered randomly because homeowners numbered their houses by themselves, said the department. The problem caused daily difficulties for residents and local government. Phan Thị La, a resident in Yên Lãng Street of Đống Đa District, told the Kinh Tế & Đô Thị (Economic & Urban Affairs) Newspaper that: "My house is at No.118. there…... [read more]

About 109 mahogany trees, 24 of which are ancient trees on Kim Ma Street (Hanoi), will either be relocated or cut down to make way for the metro line Nhon - Hanoi Railway Station. The Management Board of Hanoi Urban Railway project held a press conference today on the plan to relocate trees on Kim Ma Street to make way for the construction of the pilot urban railway No. 3, the Nhon - Hanoi Railway Station section. According to the management board, the relocation will be carried out with trees that have been planted on Kim Ma's pavement, specifically, the section from Voi Phuc temple to 575 Kim Ma. The relocation process will begin this month and is expected to be completed within 90 days. BeePro Company is in charge of carrying out the plan. The Board also said that the Hanoi Construction Department had granted permission for the felling, pruning, and relocating of 109 trees on this street. Among them, 106 are healthy trees planted within the land clearance boundaries, three are ill and show signs of decay. Additionally, two trees that are dead will be felled. Also, one will need to be pruned because part of its branches hang over onto the construction site. As per the plan, the departments will first relocate those mahogany trees with diameters smaller than 40cm, then move on to those with diameter larger than 40cm. All trees will be relocated to a plant nursery for maintenance in Văn Giang, Hưng Yên province.…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Water supply companies have committed to supplying clean water to households for daily use, but the water has not been clean as promised. Many other lakes, serving as ‘air conditioners and lungs’, in the crowded inner city have become seriously polluted. According to the General Directorate of Environment, the underground water in most urban areas is polluted because of urbanization, especially in Hanoi and HCMC. An official report showed that Hanoians lack 63,000 cubic meters of water a day. Water supply companies have committed to supplying clean water to households for daily use, but the water has not been clean as promised. Director of the Hanoi Construction Department Le Van Duc said the city residents need 1.02 million cubic meters of water, but only 960,000 cubic meters are provided. The Song Da Water Plant undertakes to provide 27 percent of total water output, but the water shortage still exists because of the regular pipeline break-down incidents. A lot of residential quarters suffer from long-term water shortage, including Buoi in Ba Dinh district, Thuy Khue in Tay Ho, Chuong Duong, Phuc Tan, Ham Tu Quan and Hong Ha in Hoan Kiem district, De La Thanh, Lang and Thai Thinh in Dong Da. A family in late May reported that thousands of people in Hoang Mai district lacked water for daily use for nearly one month and they had to dig wells, just several hundreds of meters away from To Lich, the river known for its pollution. Hanoians are…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Hanoi needs investment to apply new comprehensive measures to sort waste at source, organize waste collection, and treat waste with modern technologies. According to the Hanoi Construction Planning Institute, about 5,400 tons of domestic solid waste is produced daily in Hanoi, including 3,200 tons in inner city districts and towns, and the remaining in suburb areas. However, with current treatment capacity, only 3,900 tons (72 percent) is collected and carried to concentrated waste treatment complexes. Le Van Duc, director of the Hanoi Construction Department, said only in four central districts, 100 percent of solid waste is collected and treated. Meanwhile, in other inner city districts, the figure is just 80-85 percent, and is even lower in the suburbs - 60-70 percent. In 18 districts of Hanoi, there are 304 places where 65,000 tons of waste have been left untreated. Litter is dropped every day into village alleys, ponds and lakes. Hanoi needs investment to apply new comprehensive measures to sort waste at source, organize waste collection, and treat waste with modern technologies. Deputy director of Urenco (the Hanoi Urban Environment Company) Nguyen Xuan Huynh complained that when implementing the pilot project on collecting waste with motor vehicles, 10 percent of households in the central areas did not put waste into closed bags and many others threw waste on pavements. Of the 3,900 tons of solid waste treated daily, 3,670 tons, or 95 percent, is dumped. This clearly is not a good solution because it not only needs…... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Ha Dong district and the western part of Hanoi have become hot areas for real estate developers because of big advantages in infrastructure and other facilities. But things are quite different now. More and more new roads have been built, and existing roads have been expanded, making the traffic smooth in the ‘triangle’ area of Ha Dong – Nam Tu Liem – Cau Giay districts. “In the past, it took more than half an hour to travel from Duong Noi to the central area of Ha Dong district. But it now takes less than 10 minutes to travel to many different locations in Ha Dong district thanks to newly opened roads,” said Le Van Duc, director of the Hanoi Construction Department. Ha Dong district and the western part of Hanoi have become hot areas for real estate developers because of big advantages in infrastructure and other facilities. Shopping malls, supermarkets and international schools have also been rising in the area, making Ha Dong more attractive for people who need accommodations. Many Hanoians want to leave the central area for the suburbs because of the overloaded and degraded infrastructure. Vingroup, FLC and Bitexco, the biggest real estate firms in Vietnam, have announced investment in a series of big projects in Ha Dong district in the western part of the city, including Vinhomes Gardenia, Hanoi Landmark 51 and FLC Star. The latest survey by CBRE showed that Ha Dong is now the focus of the market with an overwhelming…... [read more]

The Hanoi construction department this year has conducted examinations on 42 dilapidated apartment buildings to identify run-down apartments in need of relocation and structural support. Among those buildings having been checked, two were categorised as being in type D, which means residents must be relocated to ensure safety. The information was revealed by representatives of the municipal Construction Department on Tuesday at a meeting with media. The meeting aims to announce the results of a general review on quality verification and renovation of old apartment buildings in the city. Vu Ngoc Dam, head of the Housing Management Department of Ha Noi's construction department, said that the majority of the residential buildings were built on weak foundations. Many buildings suffer from massive sinking, tilting and leaning such as block A-B of Ngoc Khanh residential quarter, blocks E6-E7 of Quynh Mai apartment building, blocks B7 and C1 of Thanh Cong residential quarter. According to the examination of the department, due to the pressure of enlarging living areas and loose management, expanding and encroaching public land can be seen at all residential apartments in the city. The expansion has affected the residents' escape in case of fire and increased the loading capacity of the construction work. Besides, faulty renovation and repair cause leaky walls and flooding. Dam said that building maintenance has yet to be paid due attention, which results in rapid destruction and degradation, and threatens the life quality of inhabitants. In particular, most of the apartment buildings do not have fire…... [read more]

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