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Provincial People's Committee opposes road in national park

Update: January, 08/2016 - 09:22
The southern province of Dong Nai People's Committee has disapproved the construction of a road that would cut through Cat Tien National Park, at a meeting with concerned departments and park officials. — Photo thanhnien.com.vn

DONG NAI (VNS) — The southern province of Dong Nai People's Committee has disapproved the construction of a road that would cut through Cat Tien National Park, at a meeting with concerned departments and park officials.

The provincial committee said on Wednesday the project, which was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), would destroy nearly 11ha of the park's forest while acquiring land for the 18km-long and 6m-wide road, which spans the Dong Nai River in Tan Phu District.

The road was scheduled to be constructed from October last year to 2017.

The Dong Nai People's Committee sent a letter to MARD, protesting against the plan, as it was worried that the project would affect the park's diverse flora and fauna that are strictly protected in the park,

It said the road would run through a forest section that was strictly protected, and said it would agree to a road that was less than 1.5m in width.

There was no urgency about the project's target because the road was designed to run parallel to the Dong Nai River, which would allow monitoring of the park's safety via the waterway, according to the committee.

The road would destroy nearly 11ha of the forest, badly affecting its ecology by separating the forest from the Dong Nai River, and changing the natural habitat of wild animals, it claimed.

MARD on December 25 last year asked the park to temporarily halt the project.

Several representatives at the meeting said as the road was being built in an area that had been chosen as a famous national landscape by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, thus it should have the PM's approval.

Vo Van Chanh, deputy chairman of the Dong Nai People's Committee, said the project needed to do more research.

Chanh said the whole project needed to be evaluated to arrive at the best decision.

Cat Tien National Park is located at the core of the wildlife reserve and biosphere forest in Dong Nai Province, which proposes to ask the UNESCO to recognise the area as a natural heritage garden of the world. — VNS

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