HÀ NỘI — The Hà Nội People’s Committee has instructed the city’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to deal with dyke violations strictly.
The order followed a Water Resource Directorate (WRD) report which cited widespread dyke violations in the capital city.
There were 506 such violations since the beginning of last year. Only 45 of those cases have been resolved.
Most of the dyke violations involved the construction of houses and workshops, illegal sand exploitation and storage of building materials, and overloaded vehicles travelling on dykes.
The violations occurred primarily on the Hồng and Đáy Rivers in the Tây Hồ, Long Biên, Quốc Oai and Ứng Hòa Districts.
In the latest incident, the authorities of Long Biên District asked Nắng Sông Hồng Joint Stock Company to stop its activities on the banks of the Red River for violating the city’s flood irrigation corridor rules.
The company was also ordered to demolish all illegal construction and had to pay an administrative fine levied by the city’s dyke management agency in 2012. However, they ignored the 2012 warning and turned the leased land into a recreation and cuisine centre, Đời sống & Pháp luật (Life& Law) newspaper reported.
Punishment currently isn’t strict enough to prevent dyke violations from continuing, according to the Water Resource Directorate.
The Directorate called on relevant agencies and local authorities to take drastic measures to improve the situation because violations reduce dyke effectiveness during the rainy season. — VNS