Hanoi high-tech park takes two-decades for site clearance

Despite being established in 1998, Hoa Lac High-tech park’s site clearance has not yet been finished.

Hoa Lac High-tech Park Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, Nguyen The Thao, has decided to set up a steering board for the site clearance of the park, as well as the National University, Hanoi, located in the park.

Hoa Lac High-tech Park Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee, Nguyen The Thao, has decided to set up a steering board for the site clearance of the park, as well as the National University, Hanoi, located in the park.

At a meeting to review the progress on the site clearance of these two projects, Thao said that it was a very large job and involved a number of complications, which was the reason that the pace was slower than that set by the government.

Chairman Nguyen The Thao attributed to the stagnant site clearance to the limited capacity of commune-level cadres and weak cooperation between agencies.

He requested that the steering board send a report on the allocated site clearance capital source for 2013 to the People’s Committees of districts where land was revoked and the municipal People’s Committee as well as estimate the supplementary capital needed to speed up the work no later than June 29.

Hoa Lac High-tech park is expected to become a “national scientific city” which would hopefully attract around 100,000 scientists, students, engineers and skilled workers.

The 1,586-ha project has various functions, including a 76-ha area devoted to software development area, a 229-ha R&D area and a 549.5-ha high-tech industrial area.

The Deputy Minister of Sciences and Technology, Nguyen Van Lang, admitted that the global economic downturn has slowed down the process, as investment has slackened. The other main problem, he said, was slow site clearance. The entire capital invested for the project is only VND2.6 trillion (USD123.8 million).

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