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Gov't lifts regulation on 77 mil. square meters of land as military exclusion zones
Updated: 2020-01-09 17:05:12 KST
The Ministry of National Defense released plans Thursday to lift restrictions on stretches of land including those near the inter-Korean border that were set up to prevent the unauthorized entry of civilian personnel or equipment near military facilities.
The ministry said the designation of "military exclusion zone" has been lifted from more than 77-million square meters of land, most of it located in Gangwon-do province.
The measure also applies to the western port city of Incheon, as well as the provinces of Gyeonggi-do , Chungcheongbuk-do and Gyeongsangnam-do .
The move is expected to greatly alleviate the burden felt by area residents, who've had to ask for permission from the authorities prior to acquiring new equipment or property.

"The move to lift regulations on protected military areas is aimed at improving the comfort of residents and to enable them to exercise their property rights issues that have been raised for several years."

And in zones where the military designation has not been lifted the ministry said it will delegate administrative roles to municipal governments in charge of a combined 37 million square meters of those zones so they'll be able to grant permits for building structures above a certain height.
The ministry says it will newly establish a protected zone near the navy base on the country's southernmost Jeju Island since the local government has approved it.
It says it plans to work with the community to get rid of superfluous regulations that encroach on residents' property rights and establish new zones needed for their safety.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : jiyeonkim@arirang.co.kr