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Capital fails to deal with river violations

Update: August, 26/2014 - 09:20

HA NOI (VNS)— District agencies have failed to deal with nearly 300 irrigation works violations this year in the capital.

Illegally building houses and brick kilns near river and canal banks and growing water hyacinths or vegetables over canals were the most common violations and occurred most frequently in Ha Dong, Thanh Tri and Nam Tu Liem districts, according to Ha Noi's Agriculture and Rural Development Department.

The failure to address these violations was primarily caused by poor management and a lack of co-operation between authorised agencies and irrigation companies, the department reported.

Director of the department Nguyen Huy Dang said that the department had ordered irrigation companies to dredge canals in preparation for the rainy season and was co-operating with authorised agencies to handle the violations.

In a related move, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development directed units to tackle violations throughout the country, including illegally encroaching on dyke protection corridors, in order to ensure safety during the rainy season. The ministry also ordered the directorate of water resources to assess dyke systems' quality and will soon fix weak stretches of dyke, Vu Van Tu, chief of the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control, told Nong thon ngay nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. — VNS

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