|Equiment and vehicles are used for illegal coal mining at the road leading to construction site of Hồ Thiên Pagoda. — Photo laodong.vn|Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NINH — The road which was opened to transport materials to the construction site of Hồ Thiên Pagoda in Bình Khê Commune, Đông Triều Town, is being used for illegal coal mining.
The town People’s Committee has asked the investor in the road project to speed up the closure of the road and restore the environment by the end of this month, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.
The move followed a request by Secretary of the Quảng Ninh Province’s Party Committee Nguyễn Văn Đọc late last month as the road was not built according to the approved design. Moreover, it was reportedly used by illegal coal miners.
The illegal coal mining left negative impacts on the natural environment and destroyed the road from Ngọa Vân (Lying Clouds) Temple to Yên Tử Mountain. The Hồ Thiên Pagoda is located on Phật Sơn Mountain – a part of Yên Tử Range in Bình Khê Commune, Đông Triều Town.
The town People’s Committee sent a special group, led by a vice chairman of the committee, to supervise the environmental restoration, including the growing of trees there.
The local authority also carried out work to open a road to transport materials to the pagoda construction site by following the approved design strictly.
Yên Tử Mountain, located some 50km from Hạ Long City, is surrounded with scenic landscape and ancient pagodas. This sacred mountain is where King Trần Nhân Tông (1258-1308) abdicated his throne and founded Trúc Lâm Zen. It is considered the capital of Vietnamese Buddhism. — VNS