Lawmakers question golf courses in Vietnam airports

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Vietnamese lawmakers questioned the safety of projects to build golf courses in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport at a National Assembly session on Thursday.

NA Deputy Vo Thi Dung from Ho Chi Minh City delivered her question to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung about the purpose and necessity of constructing golf courses in some land plots belonging to the Ministry of National Defense in the two airports and at the Mieu Mon Shooting Range in Hanoi.

At least three deputies sent the same question to Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and Transport Minister Dinh La Thang.

Deputy Huynh Minh Thien told the NA that HCMC voters were very concerned about the project to build a golf course and restaurant-hotel-villa-apartment complex in the Tan Son Nhat Airport.

Thien wanted to know if the construction would ensure safety for planes, and how the water environment would be ensured given the use of pesticides for the golf course.

"Did the Ministry of Planning and Investment or the local government license the project?" asked deputy Nguyen Ngoc Hoa. "I want the Minister to let me know whether the license of the project would match a plan to expand the airport and flying safety regulations," he said.

Deputy Nguyen Thuy Trang told the NA the project, which includes high buildings, would put airline safety at risk.

"Although the investor has decided to lower the buildings from 12 floors to five floors, airline experts said they would still put pressure on pilots during takeoff and landing, and would cause unexpected consequences," she said.


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Trang asked Transport Minister Dinh La Thang to explain why the investor would be allowed to build high buildings in the golf projects in the Tan Son Nhat and Gia Lam airports.

"Would the ministry take responsibilities for any possible accidents caused by the projects?" she asked.

Deputy Huynh Van Tiep from Can Tho City said nationwide voters were concerned about the rampant building and licensing of golf courses across the country.

After the session this morning, NA deputies told Thanh Nien they had not received replies from the ministers to their questions.

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