|The Tay Ho District People's Committee supported the idea of moving floating restaurants operating in West Lake along Thuy Khue Street to Nhat Tan Ward's Bay Pond. — Photo vov
HA NOI (VNS) — The Tay Ho District People's Committee supported the idea of moving floating restaurants operating in West Lake along Thuy Khue Street to Nhat Tan Ward's Bay Pond, also belonging to the lake.
Part of the reason the committee would move the restaurants was the pollution they caused, vice chairman of the committee Do Anh Tuan said at a press conference on Monday. Nine restaurants float alongside Thuy Khue Street, including two abandoned ones.
The committee recently disciplined two floating restaurants for polluting the lake, he said.
The floating restaurants would be required to seriously obey regulations on environmental protection while being moved to Bay Pond, Tuan said.
The committee also started working with the Ha Noi Sewerage and Drainage Company to treat the waste water they're discharging.
A recent investigation by the police department showed that five of the floating restaurants – Eureka Coffee, West Lake, Tay Long 2, Tay Long 3 and Tabool – were operating with business licences that expired in 2010. It also found that Tabool discharged 5 to 50 cubic metres of untreated waste water daily.
Phuong Van Vinh, the deputy head of the West Lake Management Board told Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper, said the five floating restaurants had been operating long before a 2009 decision was made that only allows them to get business licences if they have tourism operating licences issued by the People's Committee. But according to the Law on Tourism, the committee did not have the right to issue them tourism operating licences, he said.
No legal precedent existed for the committee to follow in this case, so the transport department had not yet given business licences to the five floating restaurants. — VNS