Đồng Nai Province is setting up planning for a 21,000-hectare urban service area surrounding Long Thành International Airport to secure comprehensive infrastructure development in the area.
Speaking to the Saigon Times Daily during a news briefing on Tuesday, Đinh Quốc Thái, chairman of the province, said that the scheme is now underway.
It will be late if the province develops the service urban area after the airport project is approved, he said.
Local authorities expect to commence work on the project in 2015.
However, Thái did not disclose specific invested capital for the project.
The Ministry of Transport and local government announced the airport project in 2011. It covers a total area of 5,000 hectares in six communes in Long Thành District.
Local government has suggested the Government to arrange capital for site clearance and resettlement area construction for around 5,000 families.
About 3,000 of these households will have to leave to make room for construction.
The resettlement project is expected to kick start in mid 2014 on a total area of 500 hectares.
With total investment of VND7 trillion, the project will serve accommodation of 10,000 residents affected by the project, Thái said.
During an online conference with the Government last week, authorities of Hồ Chí Minh City and Đồng Nai Province urged early construction of Long Thành airport to reduce pressure on Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and speed up economic development in Đồng Nai Province.
Minister of Transport Đinh La Thăng said that the ministry is drawing up a feasibility study for the project so the Government will submit it to the Government in May.
Work is expected to start on the airport project in late 2015 or early 2016.
According to a report of Airports Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) in July, the Government would raise funds from various sources for the project.
In the first phase from 2014 to 2020, at least US$5.6 billion is needed, of which State and official development assistance capital will make up around 53%.
ACV said that it will take around 10 years to approve, prepare for design, arrange capital, clear up the site and build an international airport.
Therefore, the project should have begun now so the first stage with the capacity of 25 million passengers a year will be completed in 2020 to share the burden with Tân Sơn Nhất.
By VĂN NAM
Source: The Saigon Times Daily