HCMC to provide housing for more students, workers

With several dormitories and other accommodations planned to be built, HCM City will have an additional 160,000 rooms for students and workers by 2015.

The Department of Construction said at a meeting March 26 with the  People’s Committee and Party that 28 new dormitories with 30,000 rooms  would come up by 2010.
They are expected to cost a total of VND1.23 trillion (US$69.9 million).

Dormitories with another 70,000 rooms would be built by 2015 at a cost of VND2.8 trillion, the department said.

Workers are set to get 60,000 rooms with the first 20,000 to be built by next year, it said, and the remaining by 2015.

The city also plans to call on investors and businesses to develop  housing for workers on 48 hectares of land available in industrial  parks and export processing zones.

Rents payable by the workers for these accommodations cannot  be any higher than those paid by occupants of “social houses” in the  city, the department said.

Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the city Party Committee, asked the HCM City  Export Processing And Industrial Zones Authority (HEPZA) March 26 to  report within five days on using lands that can be used for the purpose.

People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan has told HEPZA to begin building the workers’ accommodations by May or June.

While funds for the work would be allocated from the VND4 trillion to  be raised by selling government bonds, the contractors would have to  initially cover some expenses, the department said.

It has also sought permission to choose the contractors.

It  has suggested upgrades to and expansion of existing dormitories that  belong to the HCM City National University to offer more students rooms.

Mr Hai has approved all the recommendations made by the department and  asked the People’s Committee to set up a steering board for the housing  projects.

Source: SGGP