Sand exports are continuing to increase though there is not enough sand for the domestic market, and many traders are taking advantage to push up prices and make a killing, the HCM City Department of Construction said.
Though illegal sand mining is rampant in the Bảy Núi (Seven Mountains) area in the Mekong province of An Giang, provincial authorities said they are unable to catch any of the miners red-handed.
HCM City People's Committee Chairman, Nguyễn Thanh Phong, has asked the police investigation office to investigate and prosecute illegal sand mining cases in the Cần Giờ sea area.
Hundreds of thousands of households living along Lô River have been desperately seeking for help from authorised agencies as their cultivated land are at serious risks of being swept away due to rampant illegal sand mining.
Deputy Prime Minister, Trương Hòa Bình, has asked the People’s Committee of northern Hưng Yên Province to inspect Hồng (Red) and Luộc rivers for illegal sand mining.
Some 15ha of agriculture land and farm produce of 50 households in Nâm N’Đir Commune, Krông Nô District, Đắk Nông Province, was lost in a landslide in Krông Nô river.
Việt Nam News spoke to Hermen Borst, deputy Delta commissioner of the Netherlands’ Delta Programme, on the sidelines of an international conference held in Cần Thơ on Sept 26-27 on sustainable and climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta.
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc assigned the Ministry of Construction to study Cambodia’s permanent prohibition on sand exports and the impact on the construction materials market in Việt Nam.
Residents of central ThừaThiên-Huế Province have set up tents to monitor illegal sand mining since local authorities have failed to stop miners from illegal dredging.
With demand for sand for construction rising even as prices are skyrocketing, Deputy Prime Minister Trương Đình Dũng has recommended the use of other materials in construction in place of natural sand.