Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has requested the cancellation or relocating of golf course projects that still remain on paper.
A planned golf course in Danang City
After scrutinising golf course projects under the country’s planning in 2009, the PM urged relevant ministries, branches and localities to intensify their oversight to ensure that all golf course projects are implemented in accordance with their approved planning.
Provincial governments must report to the Ministry of Industry and Trade on any planned golf course projects that remain on paper or potential golf courses that may be considered for relocation.
Localities nationwide were told to carefully consider the necessity and investment efficiency of such projects before seeking approval for new golf courses.
Provincial governments must take entire responsibility for the construction and operations of golf course projects in their localities, the PM noted.
He demanded transparency during the implementation of the planning, along with a discouragement to use of land earmarked for agricultural cultivation, protected and special forests, industrial parks and urban areas.
Land that has been allocated for golf course construction is banned from being used for house construction or other purposes.
The PM assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to co-ordinate with local authorities to estimate demand for golf courses through 2020 and send him a report for timely adjustment and supplementation to the planning.
Among 90 planned golf courses, only 29 have been put into use across Vietnam over the past two years.