argue against using golf course for Tan Son Nhat Airport expansion
Many people have argued that a golf course located next to Tan
Son Nhat Airport in HCM City should be closed for airport expansion, but this
obvious decision seems to be hard to achieve.
The local authorities are completing a plan to expand Tan Son Nhat Airport
and Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said it was an urgent
need to expand Tan Son Nhat Airport and using the golf course land would be
an obvious decision. However, the minister passed the buck on the decision
and said the Ministry of Transport was responsible for this. The Ministry of
Transport must create and submit the plan to the government.
"If necessary, we must take the land of the golf course to upgrade the
airport and we must discuss this with the investors and the Ministry of
Defence," he said.
Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung
According to Dung, the Ministry of Planning and Investment
is drafting a plan to give the local authorities full responsibility and
authorisation to issue permits and manage their golf courses. Investors must
follow several conditions to build golf courses such as not using the rice
fields or military land.
Dung dismissed concerns that some investors may ask for permits to build golf
course but invest in restaurants and villas instead. Dung said there were
regulations for violators and if there were real need, it was fine if every
province had their own courses.
"The draft laws we are revising also include it. In addition, the
government will set criteria on how much land can be used to build golf
courses," he said.
Talking with Dan Tri Newspaper on June 12, Major General Lam Quang Dai, deputy
political commissar of the air force, said Tan Son Nhat already had two
runways, what it lacked are the parking lot and the road leads to the
Major General Lam Quang Dai
The Ministry of Defence has transferred 21 hectares of land
in the south of Tan Son Nhat Airport to the Ministry of Transport for
expansion while the golf course is in the north. He went on to say that the
military base is separating the golf course and the airport.
"The 157-hectare golf course is the military's reserved land to protect
HCM City as well as Tan Son Nhat Airport. While it is idle, the government
can use it for economic development. When it is needed, the ministry will
recall the land," he said.