Vung Tau is re-planning Bai Sau to meet the standards of a high-class tourist destination.31/05/2023
Since mid-April 2023, Vung Tau City has been urgently reclaiming land to move towards planning, constructing, and renovating Bai Sau into a pedestrian city, a culinary village, an entertainment area, a playground, and a community beach. Land that was improperly used or occupied at Bai Sau is being reclaimed.
Mr. Hoang Vu Thanh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Vung Tau City, said that the Bai Sau area (Vung Tau City) covers an area of approximately over 28 hectares, with a coastline of about 3.2 km, along with a flat sandy beach, which is suitable for beach activities, recreation, sports, and entertainment in a marine environment. However, currently, Bai Sau lacks prominent and distinctive landmarks. Besides beach bathing in this area, there are no entertainment or recreational services available yet.
In 1997, the province-owned Investment and Construction Company of Ba Ria – Vung Tau (now the Real Estate and Investment Joint Stock Company – VRC) was given over 28 hectares of land in Bai Sau to invest in infrastructure improvements.
However, from 2005 to 2017, VRC underwent 12 legal entity changes, but the company did not register changes in land use. After investing in infrastructure in the Bai Sau area, VRC leased the land to various tourism businesses.
As of May 2022, there were nine second-tier companies using the infrastructure and operating in Bai Sau. A provincial inspection revealed that VRC and its lessees used the land without signing land and infrastructure lease contracts. Some of the lessees annually paid rent based on tax authority notifications but did not pay in full. The total rent debt as of December 31, 2017, exceeded VND 300 billion.
On August 13, 2021, the People’s Committee of Ba Ria – Vung Tau issued Decision No. 2315/QD-UBND to reclaim over 28 hectares of land, including 178,582 square meters used by nine businesses, from the Investment and Construction Company of Ba Ria – Vung Tau (VRC).
According to a recent report from the People’s Committee of Vung Tau City, five of the nine businesses using the land not as specified in Bai Sau had returned a total area of 107,414 square meters (accounting for about 60% of the total land area to be reclaimed). The remaining four companies: Hai Duong International Travel Joint Stock Company, Vung Tau International Travel Joint Stock Company, DIC Tourist Limited Liability Company under DIC Group, and Lac Viet Joint Stock Company, have not yet agreed to hand over the land, with a total area of 71,168 square meters (about 39.9%).
This area will be renovated to include the existing green park and public service facilities (restaurants, family water parks, landscaped swimming pools, community spaces, outdoor movie theaters, squares, etc.). The facilities will mainly be arranged in three interconnected basement levels, with a total building density not exceeding 5% on the ground surface.
At the same time, the functional areas will be divided into many different themed spaces, including natural space, family space, youth space, nighttime space, festival space, community and art space.
Currently, the People’s Committee of Vung Tau City is carrying out land reclamation, compensation, and asset support on the land (for licensed projects). After completing the land reclamation, the land fund will be auctioned for land use rights and underground construction leases.