|Residents gather at the construction site of National Highway 19 to halt the work, which has affected the safety of their houses. — Photo baobinhdinh.com.vn
BINH DINH (VNS) — Many households gathered yesterday at the National Highway 19 construction site in this central province's Nhon Hoa Ward to halt the work.
Most residents in An Son Township have complained that the construction work has affected the safety of their houses, the local newspaper reported.
According to local residents, many houses have been damaged by blasts conducted two months ago.
The blasts and rollers produced strong vibrations lasting several days, which created cracks in the walls of many houses, residents said.
Nguyen Chi Tam, a local resident, said his newly built house had been used for just over a month, but many cracks had appeared as a result of the blasts at the construction site.
Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Nhon Hoa Ward Nguyen Minh Muon said the building and upgrading of the highway had affected many households here and in other wards.
Further inspection revealed that some 142 houses had sustained cracks, but the committee is still waiting for the final conclusions of the inspection agency, Muon said.
The local authority will propose that the contractor and construction unit create a compensation plan upon receiving the results of the inspection, he added.
A representative of the construction unit, Le Tan Lai, director of Minh Thao Company, admitted that the rollers had caused the damage to many of the local residents' houses, confirming that the company would work with local authorities to assess the level of damage and to compensate the residents.
Vuong Chi Thien, a representative of the contractor, also acknowledged the existence of cracks in local houses and said the company had begun working with the construction unit and local authorities to inspect the damage after receiving the residents' complaints.
"We invite an independent inspection agency, the insurance company and the local authorities to examine the losses, and we will compensate for houses that have really suffered damage from the construction," Thien said.
He also added that the blasts had been approved by the provincial people's committee and relevant agencies. However, the vibrations and other negative effects on local households were inevitable, he said.
Highway 19 is a major transportation route connecting Binh Dinh Province and other Central Coastal provinces to the Central Highlands and neighbouring countries.
The construction project plays an important role in the socio-economic development of the province and is important for national security. — VNS