The proposals were made after an inspection conducted by the department in the city's districts.
The inspection of 50 housing projects in three HCM City districts found that 16 of them had been delayed, even though they had been approved by the city between 2006 and 2009.
In District 7, plans for a shopping center/apartment complex in Tan Kieng Ward are still on paper, while work on the Sai Gon Castle and Tan Thuan residential areas has yet to begin.
Six projects in District 9 have also been delayed. They include houses for Sai Gon Hi-Tech Park staff, the Phu Huu and Mega apartment buildings, and the Hai Au, Hai Phu and Kim Nam buildings.
Inspectors found seven delayed projects in District 12, including a dormitory at Sai Gon Tech College, the Kim Dai Duong apartment building and an apartment building in Tan Son Nhat Ward.
According to the department, investors' financial incapacity and problems in site-clearance compensation were the main reasons behind the delay.