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Residents of a Ho Chi Minh City commune are considering legal action against the municipal administration for its prohibition on buying and selling properties, the district's representative said at a consultation meeting yesterday.

Many residents of Hiep Phuoc Commune of Nha Be District are unhappy that applications to transfer house and land titles have been held up by the city's November 20, 2007 ban, commune People's Council Chairman Pham Van Dien told the meeting, arranged by the HCMC People's Council.

The property trading ban was imposed to stop speculating in the commune after it was chosen as the base of Hiep Phuoc Port and Urban Zone, Nha Be District People's Committee Chairman Vo Minh Thanh said.

Since the ban came into effect, 195 applications to buy and sell property have been suspended, putting deals worth billions of dong in limbo, Dien said. All of the applications were submitted before November 20, 2007 but due to slow administrative procedures they become stuck in the system, he said.

Some residents say the ban violates the land user's rights set out in the Land Law, Dien said. The residents plan to ask the authority to remove the prohibition.

"The district will propose the municipal administration process the applications," Thanh said.

The 3,800-hectare Hiep Phuoc zone will include 336 hectares for port activities, nearly 1,300 hectares for mixed-use urban development, with the remainder of the site to be used for industrial plants.

Nha Be District is now conducting compensation and site clearance programs for 56 projects, including seven resettlement programs that affect thousands of families.

This year more than 80 percent of local families have rejected compensation payments, saying the fee is inadequate, according to district authorities.

Source: Thanhnien News

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