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Quảng Bình denies building cable to famous cave

Update: January, 18/2017 - 14:30
A corner in the Sơn Đoòng Cave – the world largest cave in the central province of Quảng Bình. The province denied the rumours that it would build suspension cable to the cave. – Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG BÌNH  Quảng Bình Province is not building a suspension cable to Sơn Đoòng Cave, the world’s largest cave located in the Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park.

This was revealed by deputy chairman of the central province People’s Committee Trần Tiến Dũng to Zing e-newspaper on Tuesday.

The province had not discussed the work contrary to rumours doing the rounds recently, he said.

Dũng said if the province did plan to set up the Sơn Đoòng suspension cable, it would have to seek opinions from a number of related ministries and sectors and make a report on the impact on the environment.

In particular, the province would require permission and agreement from the UNESCO.

Following a conference on a working plan for this year held by the Quảng Bình Department of Tourism on Monday, there were reports that the province had approved a plan to build a suspension cable to Sơn Đoòng Cave.

Several accounts on social network said the province had even chosen investors and companies to execute the work.

Many people raised objections as they worried that the building would damage the beauty of the famous wonder of the world.

Leaders of the Quảng Bình Department of Tourism denied these reports.

“During the conference, we discussed a plan to ease difficulties for the tourism sector and attract more tourists to the province. The conference did not mention the suspension cable,” Hồ An Phong, director of the Quảng Bình Department of Tourism, said.

Việt Nam’s Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, which boasts of having the world’s largest cave Sơn Đoòng, was recognised as a world heritage site for the second time by UNESCO in 2015. The park was first added to the World Heritage List in 2003. — VNS

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