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Tired of dust and noise, locals block road

Update: May, 18/2017 - 17:35
Local residents of Điện Nam Trung street bloc in Điện Bàn Commune, of Quảng Nam Province laid out concrete drain pipes and tree branches in an attempt to block passage of trucks carrying construction materials, which they said the cause of dust and noise pollution. — Photo
Viet Nam News

QUẢNG NAM – Several residents of Điện Nam Trung street bloc in Quảng Nam Province on Wednesday blocked Provincial Road 607 to protest the constant movement of heavy, noisy construction trucks.

Residents of the south central province’s Điện Bàn Commune laid concrete drain pipes and other materials on the road to block traffic, in what they claimed was a “last-resort measure,” after repeated complaints to authorities led to no action.

Locals complain that trucks carrying construction materials such as sand drive through the road several times a day, spreading dust on the road and in the nearby areas, and causing a huge amount of noise. Also, because of the constant passage of heavy trucks, the road has started getting damaged and has developed potholes.

The police had to persuade protesters to clear the obstructions so that traffic could resume.

On the same day, Phan Minh Dũng, vice-chairman of Điện Bàn Commune, told online newspaper Zing that commune authorities “are aware of people’s complaints,” and would hold a meeting soon with affected residents to discuss measures to address the dust and noise pollution. — VNS

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