Family agrees to relocate from house blocking street

By Le Tan   March 23, 2023 | 06:00 am PT
Family agrees to relocate from house blocking street
A house occupies two thirds of the road in Quang Ninh Province, leaving just enough space for a car to pass. Photo by VnExpress/Le Tan
A family in the northern province of Quang Ninh has finally agreed to move from a house blocking a new road project after being offered a better relocation deal.

Nguyen Thi Luyen, the 65-year-old owner of the home, said she met with local officials on Wednesday and agreed to move to a 300-square-meter lot, a size equal to her current house.

"I found the location suitable. My family is tired of living in the middle of the street," Luyen said.

Her family moved temporarily to a communal house on Thursday and will stay there while waiting for their new house to be built. Their current house will be demolished this week to serve the completion of the road project.

Luyen’s was one of 151 families asked to relocate in 2021 to make way for a road that would connect the residential area with another larger street.

The road now stretches 2.3 kilometers long and seven meters wide, but a section 14 meters long has been left uncompleted as Luyen’s house still stands in the way.

The house occupies two-thirds of the road, leaving a space of just two meters wide for traffic.

The house of Nguyen Thi Luyen stands in the middle of a road in Dong Trieu Town in Quang Ninh Province, March 2023. Video by VnExpress/Le Tan

Luyen had rejected authorities’ original relocation plan earlier as the resettlement plot offered to her was far from major roads. Also, the plot costs VND14 million (US$592.87) per square meter, while Luyen was compensated only VND8.7 million per square meter of her land, meaning she could have to pay the difference.

With the new relocation offer, she will not have to pay any difference. She will also receive VND1.3 billion compensation for the destruction of her house and garden.

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