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Lào Cai scraps Hàm Rồng eco-tourism site project

Update: December, 09/2016 - 16:00
Tourists visit Hàm Rồng eco-tourism site in the northern mountain province of Lào Cai’s Sa Pa District. The local People’s Committee has decided to scrap the project because of slow work by the contractor. – Photo thanhtra.com.vn
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LÀO CAI – The People’s Committee of Sa Pa District in northern mountain province of Lào Cai has decided to take back the land and scrap the Hàm Rồng eco-tourism project being developed by Hàm Rồng Rubber Joint Stock Company.

The company, a member of the Việt Nam Rubber Industry Group, had got the licence to build the tourism site at an estimated cost of more than VNĐ496.6 billion (US$22.2 million) on July 2, 2009. The licence was given on the condition that the investor would complete construction in 2012.

However, to date, the company has only upgraded the hotel, expanded the walkway and planted some trees.

Explaining the committee’s decision released on Thursday, deputy chairman Nguyễn Hữu Thể said progress was very slow in the past 36 months, which was a waste of resources. By the end of 2012, only around 5.8 per cent of the estimated investment had been utilised, and by 2016, expenses had touched only VNĐ49.8 billion ($2.2 million), 10 per cent of the total estimated cost, Thể said, adding that a lot of work had not been done.

Despite multiple meetings between the committee and Việt Nam Rubber Industry Group to speed up the project, the firm did not implement the project as committed.

On December 2, the committee issued a notice to the company to stop selling tickets and collecting money from tourists visiting Hàm Rồng mountain tourism site. – VNS

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