HA TINH (VNS) — A beer plant under construction in the centre of Ha Tinh City has become a pasture for local residents to graze oxen.
Hoang Van Son, deputy director of the central city's Department of Planning and Investment, said that construction on the Toan Cau Beer Plant started in 2004 and was essentially finished in 2006.
However, after construction began, local residents worried about pollution proposed moving the plant from the city centre, according to chairman of the city People's Committee Tran The Dung.
"Sooner or later the beer plant will be moved from the city, as the city's plan does not allow a beer plant to be built in the city centre," said Son, explaining that when provincial authorities first instructed the company to move the beer plant, they received no response.
Dung said that the Viet Trung Investment and Co-operation Corporation had not moved the plant because of economic difficulties and because "the city and province's guidance was not strong enough".
Lao dong (Labour) newspaper reported that the plant's basic infrastructure was complete and equipment for beer manufacturing was present, although it had rusted due to rain and sun.
The Viet Trung Investment and Co-operation Corporation invested more than VND262 billion (US$12.4 million) to build the plant, which was expected to have a capacity of 50 million litres per year and create jobs for 250 workers. — VNS