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Nine persons face prosecution in pipeline case

Update: November, 26/2015 - 15:05
Police investigation concluded that substandard material used during construction were to blame for the pipeline's breakdowns. — Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Nine persons will be prosecuted after police concluded investigation into a series of misconducts and violations at the Viet Nam Construction and Import-Export Co., JSC (Vinaconex). 

The company was responsible for the construction of the infamous Da River Pipeline, which has broken down 14 times since its completion in 2009, severely affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of households in the capital city.

Former Director and former Deputy Director of the Da River pipeline project Hoang The Trung and Nguyen Van Khai are among the persons who face prosecution.

Others are former Director and Deputy Director of Vinaconex Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester Pipe Company Tran Cao Bang and Vu Thanh Hai, respectively, besides several department heads, engineers and inspectors.

The police investigation concluded that the reason behind the pipeline's numerous breakdowns was the substandard material used during construction.

The above-mentioned persons, who were charged with the task of procuring and inspecting construction materials as well as supervising the project, failed to comply with procedures for inspecting construction materials, quality control and construction process.

Vinaconex Glass Fibre Reinforced Polyester Pipe Company, represented by Tran Cao Bang and Vu Thanh Hai, failed to supply the project with high-quality products as stipulated in the contract they had signed.

Bang allegedly signed various documents to guarantee the quality of the fibre composite used in the project, even though its durability was not properly tested.

The numerous breakdowns of the pipeline not only disrupted water supply to hundreds of thousands of residents, but also cost suppliers more than one trillion dongs in expenses to maintain water supply to the city and in repair costs. — VNS

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