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Lai Chau readies rice support plan

Update: November, 15/2014 - 09:00
The 3,500 households live near the Ban Chat and Huoi Quang hydropower plants. — File Photo
HA NOI  (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has asked Lai Chau authorities to calculate the quantity of rice needed to support about 3,500 households displaced by two hydropower plants in the northern province.

The support is meant to help the families stave off hunger while they waited to be evacuated to new resettlement areas next year.

The 3,500 households live near the Ban Chat and Huoi Quang hydropower plants.

The Lai Chau People's Committee should submit the rice support plan to the Government soon, Hai said.

Local farmers typically planted rice for a new crop shortly after the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival every year, so the rice support should prevent them from going hungry at that time.

He also asked the provincial administration to complete paying compensation to the households by the first quarter of next year.

The committee should also deal quickly with complaints regarding compensation, he directed.

The Deputy PM has asked the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to co-operate with the Finance and Planning and Investment ministries in coming up with a plan to help the households stabilise their lives in the new resettlement areas.

The 220 MW Ban Chat Hydropower Plant, built on the Nam Mu River in Than Uyen and Tan Uyen districts, began operating in 2013.

Meanwhile, the bigger Huoi Quang Hydropower Plant, which has a capacity of 520 MW has also been built on the Nam Mu River. This dam straddles the provinces of Lai Chau and Son La. The first turbine of this plant is set to generate electricity on December 31 this year. — VNS

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