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Resettled villagers left without electricity, water

Update: July, 17/2015 - 08:45
A resettlement zone in Muong Lay Town, Dien Bien Province, for residents who had to move to make way for the Son La hydro-power plant. Deputy PM is urging the authorities of Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau to speed up their resettlement plan. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged people's committees in the mountain provinces of Son La, Dien Bien and Lai Chau, to finish resettling villagers evacuated three years ago to make way for Son La hydro-power plant.

Nearly three years after the completion of the plant, people who have been moved to other places are still having problems settling down.

A total of 20,340 households with 92,301 people were moved to new residential areas, but 10 per cent of infrastructure projects serving these resettlement areas have not yet been completed. Many homes are still without electricity and water.

On Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai asked the people's committees in the three provinces to complete the projects by the end of the year.

Hai said authorities in the three provinces should complete compensation payments to these people as well as provide full assistance promised, including food, money for investment in production and subsidies for buying fuel and paying household bills.

These projects involve electricity, water supply, housing, health clinics and schools for relocated people.

The Deputy PM said these projects must be completed as soon as possible so that financial reports could be approved in the first quarter of next year.

The hydropower plant opened in December, 2012, after seven years of construction. It supplies an average 10.2 billion kilowatt hours each year to the national grid. — VNS

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