HA LONG (VNS)— A project to move those living in floating villages in Ha Long Bay to solid ground has been implemented more slowly than expected because there is not enough funding, said Tran Trong Trung, chairman of the Ha Long People's Committee.
There are currently 625 floating houses in Ha Long Bay, home to 2,100 people. Only 89 households have houses on land. Efforts to relocate the others to solid ground began in 2012; 122 households were resettled by last May.
But building houses for the others requires VND206 billion (US$9.5 million), a sum that includes VND39 billion ($1.8 million) for compensation and VND167 billion ($7.6 million) for building the eight-hectare resettlement area in Ha Tu District, which will contain 364 houses.
The provincial party secretary, Nguyen Minh Chinh, asked relevant agencies to complete the project by 2014.
The idea behind the project is to make the city environment cleaner and safer and create a better life for residents, Trung said.
Not only are there not enough funds; the residents are also concentrating on breeding season, making it difficult for them to think about moving. — VNS