|Large trucks overloaded with sand running on Hanoi's dykes are heavily destroying the system, dyke management authority said. – Lao Dong Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — The illegal movement of overloaded trucks on Ha Noi's dykes are seriously threatening the structures, an official from the capital city's Dyke Management Office (DMO) said.
Deputy Director of DMO, under Ha Noi's Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Hai said despite all efforts by the DMO in co-operation with local police, transport authorities and other social organisations in the city to prevent those trucks from travelling on the dykes, the violations were increasing to a worrying level.
Hai said a large section of the dykes, particularly those in the Dong Anh and Tu Liem Districts, had been destroyed by trucks with a capacity of carrying more 15 tonnes of load.
Most of the trucks seized by traffic policemen were found transporting sand illegally mined from the Hong River.
Hai said several of the seized trucks had transportation capacity of 15 tonnes, but often carried much more than that.
The official appealed for more action and participation by local authorities to tackle the situation, and highlighted the role of mass media as a key fighter against the violations.
He also urged traffic policemen to impose stricter punishment on the violators.
The DMO would join hands with mass media to wipe out all violations,Hai said.
"We will send people to guard the dykes every day, film or take photographs of the violators, and then send them to the police as proof for punishment," Hai said.
A report from the Tu Liem District's police revealed the district traffic policemen seized 412 trucks overloaded with sand and travelling on the Tu Liem Dyke last year. The trucks were fined a total amount of VND570 million (US$21,000).
Illegal sand mining from Hong River has reportedly been damaging the capital city's dyke system for a long time. The illegal practice has changed the flow of the Hong (Red), Duong and Da Rivers, seriously affecting waterway traffic and causing landslides. — VNS