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Compensation urged for houses damaged in highway expansion

Update: August, 28/2015 - 16:50
A house with walls cracked under pressure created by the national highway expansion project in Quang Binh. — Photo

QUANG BINH (VNS) — Authorities in this central province ordered concerned agencies, contractors and insurance agents to cooperate in providing compensation to families with cracked houses resulting from the expansion of the National Highway 1A.

Pressure created by construction vehicles used by contractors on the project has caused vibrations to reach nearby houses and cracked their walls. The provincial People's Committee asked the local department of transport to survey the damaged houses to determine the correct compensation.

The committee's deputy chairman, Nguyen Xuan Quang, noted that if the compensation amount is higher than the coverage provided by the insurance companies, the department must request financial support from the Ministry of Transport.

The move is being implemented in light of the fact that several families in the province's Quang Ninh and Le Thuy districts had refused to give up their land for the expansion of the national highway section crossing their neighborhood.

Quang said fair compensation would encourage those families to have more faith in the compensation and resettlement policies.

A report showed that some 1,300 households living near the national highway in the province have not accepted the compensation rate announced by the local transport department, creating a major obstacle for the completion of the highway expansion project in the province. — VNS

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