|A report compiled by the provincial Border Guard Command has said that nine illegal sand mining spots have been located along the river. — Photo baoquangtri
HA NOI (VNS) — Illegal sand mining still takes place along the Se Pon River in Lao Bao Town in central Quang Tri Province's Huong Hoa District despite efforts of authorities.
A report compiled by the provincial Border Guard Command has said that nine illegal sand mining spots have been located along the river.
The report has estimated that some 100 cubic metres are illegally exploited daily and illegal sand miners row wooden boats to the centre of the river to scoop out sand. The sand is then loaded on trucks for distribution.
Ho Van Tun of Ka Tup Village said that illegal sand mining and transportation often take place at night, causing much disturbance to local people.
"We hope authorities concerned will take some action to bring the situation under control soon," he added.
Vice chairman of the People's Committee Nguyen Huu Dung said that sand mining has been taking place for a long time.
At first, only several local people took sand from the river for building their houses. Later, the number of people illegally exploiting the river for sand started rising, he pointed out, adding that they started exploiting sand for other purposes as well.
Dung remarked that the committee could only urge local people to obey regulations and not illegally mine sand from the river, he added.
As the river is a natural border between Viet Nam and Laos, the right to manage it belongs to the provincial Border Guard Command.
In the latest move, the provincial People's Committee early this month sent a legal document to ask the People's Committee of Huong Hoa District to work with relevant agencies to deal with violations and curb the illegal practice.
Under Decree No 34/2014ND-CP issued by the Government, sand mining in rivers is one of practices to be banned because it affects the flow of rivers.
The Se Pon River, located in Huong Hoa District of Viet Nam and Savannakhet of Laos, is believed to be the arterial waterway between the two countries for transporting and trading goods. — VNS