|More than 60 residents of 12 households in 146 Quan Thanh Street have lived "knee-deep in sewer water and waste" since July 2013. — vietnamplus.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — A blockage below the house at 5 Dang Dung Street in Ba Dinh District has caused sewage flooding at 146 Quan Thanh Street for almost two years, Ha Noi's authorities reported after a probe last week.
More than 60 residents of 12 households in 146 Quan Thanh Street have lived "knee-deep in sewer water and waste" since July 2013. Their common courtyard is covered in dark, stinky water from the sewer, as a blockage stopped their pipe from draining into the city sewer system.
Affected residents sent several petitions to district authorities, but the local administration was unable to repair the problem. They then complained to city authorities, blaming Nguyen Xuan Minh, a resident of 5 Dang Dung Street, which is located nearby, for causing the blockage, as their sewer pipeline ran below his address.
However, Minh refused to let the city dig under his house.
Minh even hired people who look like disabled veterans to prevent the local People's Committee from digging under the pavement in front of his residence to find out why the sewer was blocked.
Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee Nguyen Quoc Hung in April demanded all involved bodies to address this environmental issue and to not let the situation continue as is.
A probe by the Ha Noi People's Committee, the city's Construction Department and the Ha Noi Sewerage and Drainage Limited Company on June 30 found that there was a waste water pipe running from under 146 Quan Thanh Street to house 5 Dang Dung.
Workers also found rags and broken bricks within the pipe that stopped waste water from flowing into the city's drainage system.
Nguyen Dinh Tuan, who represents the residents of 146 Quan Thanh, said they expected the findings would help solve their pollution problem. The residents disagreed with a proposal to build an alternative sewer for the building, as they wanted to have cause of the flooding identified.
The public has shown concern over local authorities' delay in addressing the issue. — VNS