HA NOI (VNS) — Residents in Duyen Trang Village in Ha Noi's Phu Xuyen District have been complaining for a year about an illegal sand quarry that produces endless dust and visual pollution.
One of them, Nguyen Thi Dao, said that trucks loaded with sand ran continuously from 10pm to 3am every day.
She said the trucks also destroyed village roads in the village and dropped sand along many village roads.
She said that despite many protests to village leaders, nothing had been done.
Ha Noi Moi (New Ha Noi) newspaper said the building yard beside the Hong (Red) River covered a large area of land. It said it was full of excavators and bulldozers which continually shifted and levelled sand.
Phung Van Thach, head of the Phu Xuyen Dyke Management Unit, said the offending yard was divided into two.
One yard was managed by Ngo Chi Cuong who lives in Duyen Yet Village and the other by Dong Van Son in Duyen Trang Village.
Thach said that apart from pollution, the sand quarry violated regulations on protecting dykes and irrigation works according to Government Decree 139 issued in 2013.
He said that last April, the unit had asked Hong Thai Commune to punish the yard managers, but nothing was done.
Deputy chairman of the commune's People's Committee Nguyen Van Tan told Ha Noi Moi newspaper that the two yard managers had signed land hiring contracts with the village authorities.
In a meeting with the Phu Xuyen District Division of Natural Resources and Environment held in November last year, Dong Van Son, produced a land hire contract signed by the Duyen Trang Village leader. The contract ran for five years, from October 2013 to October 2018.
But head of the division, Nguyen Cong Hoa, said that, according to proper procedure, the land hiring contract must be signed by district authorities.
He claimed Son violated the regulations when he signed a contract with village leader.
Hoa asked Son to temporarily close down the yards and seek clarification from district authorities. — VNS