|Illegal sand mining in Can Gio District, HCM City. The ministry is pondering raising fines to end illegal mining activities along inland waterways. — Photo vovgiaothong.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The ministry is pondering raising fines to end illegal mining activities along inland waterways, the Ministry of Transport said yesterday.
Under current regulations, violations for exploiting sand, gravel or other minerals will be fined VND10-40 million (US$463-$1,850).
The draft decree suggests that the minimum fine for illegally exploiting sand, gravel and minerals will be VND15 million ($694).
The ministry also proposed penalty rates for companies not following regulations on dredging sand should be lifted to VND20-35 million ($926-$1,620).
Those deliberately creating obstacles within the water lanes or using explosives that affect the safety of waterway transport or other works would be fined VND50-60 million ($2,310-2,780).
Companies violating regulations on mining sand and gravel could have their business licences revoked for three to six months and have their vehicles confiscated as well.
In recent years, although many drastic measures have been adopted by authorities, illegal extraction along Viet Nam' rivers continues.
The ministry is collecting opinions for the draft decree on its website. — VNS