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Hai Ha Market vendors take a stand

Update: July, 11/2014 - 08:52
Hai Ha Market. — Photo baoquanninh

QUANG NINH (VNS) — Since last month, hundreds of household businesses in north-eastern Quang Ninh Province's Hai Ha Market have stayed overnight in front of the market to protest an enforced move to a modern building.

The traditional Hai Ha Market accommodates about 600 household businesses. Two years ago, the Hai Ha District People's Committee announced that they would be moved into a new building built by Duc Duong Ltd Company.

However, only half of business owners have agreed to the move. The others object that space there is too expensive. The rental fee for each square metre in the building is about VND130,000 (US$6.2), nearly six times higher than in the old market.

At a meeting between provincial leaders and representatives of household businesses on Monday, vice chairman of the provincial People's Committee Do Thong admitted that the local authority failed to properly consult households.

However, he added that those who agreed to move would not have to pay rental fees until 2017 and would also be exempted from vehicle keeping and cleaning fees.

"Those who insist on staying at the old market will be forced to move in 2017, when the site of the old market will be used to develop a square with green space," he said.

Director of the province's Industry and Trade Department Nguyen Manh Ha said that the department had not received any complaints from business.

"If we heard any concerns, the construction of the market building would have been discussed more carefully," he said.

At the meeting, representatives from business households displayed a provincial decision that mentioned only that the market would be upgraded but said nothing about a location change. They also complained that a recent power blackout prevented them from doing business. — VNS

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