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Project developer faces penalty for misued land

Update: June, 03/2015 - 14:50
The restaurant on Dong Da Lake, which occupied almost the whole area of the islet. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — A part of a project area on Ha Noi's Dong Da Lake was being misused, Vice-Chairman of Dong Da District People's Committee Nguyen Hoang Giap said.

The land had reportedly been allotted for upgrading an entertainment section in the area.

Giap said at the monthly press conference yesterday that the project investor, Ha Thuy Investment and Development Joint Stocks Company, should set things right and cease violating regulations by the end of this month.

"The district authority will impose strict punishment if the company does not follow its commitment on the speed of completion and content of the project," Giap said.

The entertainment centre was built on an islet on Dong Da Lake in 1999.

The municipal People's Committee had approved a project in 2009 for improving and upgrading the centre to meet the leisure demands of local residents, as the centre was in a bad condition.

Ha Thuy Company was allowed to develop facilities such as a swimming pool, playground, walking trails and public toilets.

The company completed some of the work, including the construction of a two-storey building and a swimming pool.

However, the building was being used as a restaurant, while part of the swimming pool was being used for aquaculture and the area meant to be a sports ground was being used to set up nine wooden booths.

Vice-Chairman Giap said the district People's Committee has asked O Cho Dua Ward People's Committee and relevant agencies to complete the documents relating to the company's violations.

It was proposed to fine the company up to VND 200 million (US$9,100).

The local residents had complained for years about the presence of the restaurant on the islet on Dong Da Lake, as it occupied almost the whole islet, reducing the area meant for public relaxation. — VNS

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