|Many river wharves operate without a licence in the southern province of Dong Nai. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn
DONG NAI (VNS) — The People's Committee of the southern province of Dong Nai held a meeting yesterday with various departments and localities to find solutions to deal with river wharves that are operating without a licence.
Of the province's 96 wharves, 63 specialise in transporting building materials. Most of them are located in Bien Hoa City and in the Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts.
Local authorities report that they have faced many difficulties in inspecting and handling illegal wharves because they conduct trading activities at night and most of them have a business licence for building materials, so they are permitted to store their goods at these wharves.
Several residents living near wharves in the Tan Hanh commune have reported that illegal sand exploitation of the Dong Nai River has been underway for many years.
At night, many lawbreakers use boats to quarry sand and transport it to illegal wharves in the Tan Hanh commune.
Nguyen Van Minh, a resident here, said wharves without a licence provide sand taken illegally from the Dong Nai River. If illegal quarrying continues, the stability of the river bank will remain in jeopardy, Minh said.
If a violator is caught, the fine is only VND2.5 million per violation. This is not enough to deter violators, Tran Van Vinh, vice chairman of the committee, said.
The committee has asked departments and sectors co-ordinating with locals to check for violators operating without licences and to stop their operations.
This action aims to prevent the illegal exploitation and transportation of natural resources.
In 2014, the inspection team of the provincial Transport Department investigated 35 wharves operating without a licence. — VNS