HCM CITY (VNS) — Dredging of a section of the Dong Nai River in HCM City by a private company will soon be inspected comprehensively by the Dong Nai Port Authority following alleged violations of the terms by the company.
Hoang Hong Giang, head of the Inland Waterway Department, said the Southern Inland Waterway Division had been ordered to appraise the licence issued to Hiep Phuoc Maritime and Investment Development JSC (Hiep Phuoc Co).
The HCM City's Department of Transport had on 9 June demanded suspension of the work and an overall inspection. Tran Ngoc Thuong, deputy director of the Dong Nai Province Department of Mineral Resources and Environment, said the work was stopped because Hiep Phuoc Co had collected sand too deep from the riverbed and dredged outside permitted areas.
A Hiep Phuoc Co spokesperson said the company had dredged a section in Long Binh Ward in Dong Nai Province but had yet to reach Long Phuoc Ward in District 9.
But residents in Long Phuoc said the company had mined sand there in February 2012 and sold 3,500-4,000 cu.m of it daily, eroding 42 hectares of their land.
City authorities had then urged the Ministry of Transport to rescind the licence for the project after the illegal mining was confirmed by the District 9 People's Committee.
On May 26 this year the city transport department inspected a section of the river in Long Phuoc and confirmed that land had indeed been lost to erosion and subsidence after sand was removed.
On May 25 the District 9 People's Committee met with relevant agencies to review efforts to combat the illegal sand mining. —VNS