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People protest against overloaded quarry trucks

Update: January, 07/2016 - 15:35
Phuoc Tan Commune residents are blocking a road to prevent overloaded trucks from travelling through the area. — Photo tinmoitruong.vn

DONG NAI (VNS) — Hundreds of residents of Phuoc Tan Commune in the southern Dong Nai Province's Bien Hoa City are blocking a road to prevent trucks from reaching Tan Cang quarries.

The local people have set up barriers on Dinh Quang An, which links the commune -- that has several quarries-- to National Highway 51.

Mai Tan Tai, chairman of Phuoc Tan Commune's People Committee, said the roadblock was a spontaneous action by the local people who have long suffered from unsafe traffic movement, high level of dust in the air and damaged roads caused by several trucks carrying rocks every day.

The overloaded trucks not only damage the road, but they also have been speeding, posing a great danger to people's lives.

As per regulations, the trucks are permitted to travel from 6am to 8pm. However, in reality, the trucks have using the road day and night.

The roadblock set up by the people has caused a 1km-long traffic jam, extending from Tan Cang quarries to the national highway.

The Bien Hoa City authority met enterprises of Tan Cang quarries and representatives of the local people to discuss measures such as road repair to resolve the situation. The local people, however, did not attend the meeting. The parties could not reach any agreement at the meeting, and the road continues to be blocked.

According to the local authority, about 1,000 trucks loaded with rocks travel through Dinh Quang An every day.

It is estimated that more than VND7.6 billion (US$350,000) will be needed to repair 2km of the severely damaged road. — VNS

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