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Salt-making park could see further investment

Update: March, 16/2013 - 09:23

HCM CITY (VNS)— An additional investment of VND1 trillion (US$47.6 million) has been proposed for the Quan The salt-making industrial park in the central province of Ninh Thuan.

This amount increases the investment capital to VND1.341 trillion, including VND812 billion from the State budget and VND531 billion from the current investor, Ha Long Investment and Development Company.

This would help resolve problems related to land clearance and resettlement, salt-water intrusion on agricultural land and residential areas and implementation of other sub-projects of the park in Thuan Nam District's Phuoc Minh Commune.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also petitioned the Prime Minister to reduce the park area from 3,000ha to 2,549ha.

In 1999, the Government approved a project to build the park, the country's largest of its kind with a capacity of 300,000 tonnes of industrial salt a year.

The project aim is to ensure a sufficient supply of high-quality salt as the country must import this kind of salt for industrial production and the healthcare sector.

The Ministry initially assigned the Viet Nam National Salt Corporation to carry out the project but later transferred it to Ha Long as the salt corporation had experienced financial difficulties after completing construction of the park's water drainage, flood prevention and control, and sea-water supply systems.

However, problems occurred when Ha Long began producing salt in 2009. Salt-water intrusion polluted the air, land and fresh-water sources in five Quan The hamlets and Lac Tien hamlet.

In July last year, hundreds of local residents came to Ha Long and the park management board offices to protest the severe pollution caused by the park. Hundreds of water wells and agricultural land had been severely affected by salt-water intrusion.

By that time, the project still had 293ha of land owned by 73 households that had not been cleared and compensated.

To solve these problems, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai last year ordered that the park project be modified and called for the park to be expanded by 564ha west of the north-south railway route.

The State budget would be used for land clearance and compensation for the park's remaining 447 ha, which has not been cleared, completing the Quan The 2 hamlet's resettlement area. Support of VND100 million per hectare would be given to households.

The deputy prime minister also allowed the Ninh Thuan People's Committee to set up a project to build resettlement areas for more than 200 households in low-lying areas affected by salt-water intrusion. The project is funded by the Government budget.

Based on instructions, the ministry and the Ninh Thuan People's Committee have evaluated the investment capital amount and scale of the park and sent a petition to the Prime Minister. — VNS


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