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West Lake boats dismantled in Hà Nội

Update: February, 24/2017 - 19:00
Floating restaurants are a major source of West Lake pollution, officials say.
Viet Nam News


HÀ NỘI — Tây Hồ District authorities finally began dismantling floating restaurant and houses on the West Lake on Thursday, following instructions from the municipal People’s Committee.

The move is part of efforts to deal with pollution in the West Lake. From October 1 to 3 last year, about 200 tonnes of dead fish were recovered from the lake. Oxygen depletion and ammonium levels 24 times higher than normal were deemed responsible for the mass fish deaths.

The city authorities have also decided to build a 180-200 metre high fountain and an environmental monitoring system apart from other urgent measures to clean up the capital city’s largest lake, which is also a huge tourist attraction. .

Officials have said that the plan is to transform West Lake and surrounding areas into a ‘modern tourist site’ with a waste and water treatment system that meets international standards.—VNS



Workers dismantle docks on the West Lake.
Tây Hồ District authorities began dismantling floating restaurants on the West Lake on Thursday.
A floating restaurant on the West Lake being dismantled.
A floating restaurant on the West Lake— VNS Photos Trương Vị
A view of four floating restaurants on the West Lake. All such establishments are being dismantled and removed. — VNS Photos Trương Vị

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