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Illegal quarry exploitation boom in Tây Nguyên Province

Update: October, 31/2016 - 16:30
One of illegal quary mines in Tây Nguyên Province. - Photo photo
Viet Nam News

ĐẮK NÔNG – Large-scale Illegal quarry exploitation has been taking place for months in Đắk Nia Commune in Gia Nghĩa Township of the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Đắk Nông.

Quarry men have used high-capacity machines to process rocks for construction material. The exploitation has led to terrible noise and air pollution in the residential areas nearby. Moreover, trucks carrying rocks run night and day, damaging the roads.

Notably, the illegal quarry exploitation has been ignored by the local authority.

Hoàng Văn Tẻn, head of Đắk Tân Hamlet, said quarry exploitation has been taking place for months.

"Quarry exploitation has seriously affected the lives of the locals here”, Tẻn said.

“The road from the mines to the commune was terribly damaged by the trucks that run night and day”, he said.

Security in the area has also been unstable because most of the quarry men were from other provinces, therefore it was difficult to conduct their personal identification.

Đồng Quang Huy, head of Đắk Nia Commune, said, so far, he and the local government did not know who the quarry men are, where they are from and who owned the quarry mines.

According to Huy, land in the area was allocated to the Nam Tây Nguyên Company to build a tourism complex.

However, Nguyễn Văn Trân, the company’s director, said the licence for the project of building the tourism complex was revoked a year ago. 

Huy said the commune had reported the situation to the district authority and the police, but whenever the police visited the area nobody was there. 

The commune appears powerless to resolve the situation. — VNS


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