|Cracks about 20 metres long and up to 2.5 metres wide have appeared in Sa Pa District's Trung Chai Commune. They are located on a high slope, making it difficult for vehicles to pass by safely. — Photo dantri
LAO CAI (VNS) — Cracks on a 30-kilometre-long road from northern mountainous Lao Cai Province to Sa Pa Township are believed to have been caused by a hydro-power plant nearby.
Nguyen Trong Hai, director of the provincial Department of Transport, said that the provincial Roads Administration reported the cracks on the only road to the tourist town.
Cracks about 20 metres long and up to 2.5 metres wide have appeared in Sa Pa District's Trung Chai Commune. They are located on a high slope, making it difficult for vehicles to pass by safely.
According to an administration report, the cracks appeared after explosions by Colben Energy JSC to create a tunnel for the Coc San Hydro-power Plant.
It added that before the New Year, the quality of the road was good as it had just been upgraded.
The administration has installed stakes along the road to warn drivers where the cracks are. It also asked the company to halt blasting operations until further investigations are held.
Hai said the department had mobilised workers to fix the road.The department has reported the development to the provincial authority.
However, Nguyen Xuan Tinh, the operator of the plant, has a totally different point of view. He told Viet Nam News that the plant had been operating for 10 years and had never created any cracks before.
"It can hardly be our hydro-power plant," he said.
Tinh said that another nearby power plant, Coc San Thuong, a plant which was under construction, might be the reason of the cracks.
The Viet Nam Roads Administration sent an inspection team to check the cause of the incident. — VNS