Hà Nội police on Saturday morning seized 14 illegal sand mining boats on the Hồng (Red) river running through Tản Hồng Commune of Ba Vì District. — Photo thethaovanhoa.vn
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội police on Saturday morning seized 14 illegal sand mining boats on the Hồng (Red) river running through Tản Hồng Commune of Ba Vì District.
Of the 14 boats, six are dredgers and eight are sand-carrying boats.
Initial police investigations showed that dredgers and illegal sand-carrying boats gather on the Hồng River section that connects Hà Nội’s Ba Vì District and Việt Trì City of northern Phú Thọ Province at midnight and early morning on weekends.
People on the seized boats failed to present business operation licenses for transporting and extracting sand.
Ba Vì District police, Hà Nội’s Environmental Crime Prevention and Fighting Police Department and the Waterway Traffic Police Department will investigate the case.
Phạm Ngọc Tiến, deputy head of Hà Nội’ s Waterway Traffic Inspectorate, said “Sand dredging can cause banks to collapse and change the flow of the river during the rainy season, putting people at risk and damaging dykes and riverside structures.”
Hà Nội has only 12 companies qualified for exploiting several parts of the Hồng River. Thirteen other firms have been permitted by the Việt Nam Domestic Waterway Department to dredge the riverbed and use the material collected. — VNS