Draft de­cree tar­gets golf course land

Viet Nam News - - PROPERTY -

HAØ NOÄI — The Min­istry of Plan­ning and In­vest­ment has pub­lished a draft de­cree on the in­vest­ment and op­er­a­tion of golf cour­ses.

Ac­cord­ing to the draft, golf course must con­trib­ute to lo­cal so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and not af­fect na­tional de­fense or so­cial se­cu­rity.

Golf cour­ses must be built fol­low­ing in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, while be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly and pro­mot­ing green growth, the draft said.

Devel­op­ers must ob­tain an in­vest­ment cer­tifi­cate and an ap­proved en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact as­sess­ment re­port be­fore start­ing con­struc­tion, while land des­ig­nated for golf cour­ses should not be used for other pur­poses.

The draft reg­u­lated that the max­i­mum area of land for each hole was five hectares and that golf cour­ses could only have 54 holes in the first phase of con­struc­tion. The max­i­mum time for con­struct­ing a golf course was 36 months.

Golf cour­ses would not be al­lowed to be built on land des­ig­nated for na­tional de­fense and se­cu­rity pur­poses, nat­u­ral for-

Ac­cord­ing to the draft, golf course must con­trib­ute to lo­cal so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment and not af­fect na­tional de­fense or so­cial se­cu­rity.

est land, rice fields or in­dus­trial and ur­ban zones.

Golf cour­ses must be built in ar­eas with the po­ten­tial for tourism de­vel­op­ment, such as along the coast or in the hills, ac­cord­ing to the draft.

Buøi Taát Thaéng, di­rec­tor of the Vieät Nam In­sti­tute for De­vel­op­ment Strate­gies, said that these reg­u­la­tions aimed to en­sure ef­fi­cient use of land re­sources.

The draft said that low-yield rice cul­ti­va­tion land could be con­verted for golf cour­ses.

Vuõ Troïng Hoàng, chair­man of the Vieät Nam Wa­ter Re­sources De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, dis­agreed with the draft, say­ing that rice fields should not be taken over by golf cour­ses be­cause the chem­i­cals used to main­tain the grass caused pol­lu­tion.

The draft said that the Prime Min­is­ter would still be in charge of ap­prov­ing in­vest­ment poli­cies for golf cour­ses, which ex­perts said would help pre­vent lo­cal au­thor­i­ties from is­su­ing too many in­vest­ment cer­tifi­cates.

Statis­tics showed that Vieät Nam had nearly 100 golf cour­ses in the plan­ning but only half were un­der con­struc­tion.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Ñaøm Vaïc Golf Course in the north­ern prov­ince of Vónh Phuùc said that any in­vest­ment must be based on sup­ply and de­mand, in­clud­ing golf cour­ses. — VNS

Tam Ñaûo Golf Course in the north­ern prov­ince of Vónh Phuùc. — VNS Photo Vieät Thanh

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