|Cracks have developed in the walls of about 30 houses that border the construction on National Highway 15B in Hà Tĩnh Province. — baohatinh.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ TĨNH — The expansion of National Highway 15B across Xuân Lộc Commune in Hà Tĩnh Province’s Can Lộc District has affected dozens of local households, Vietnam News Agency reported.
Residents said cracks have developed along the walls of 30 houses, resulting in leaks when it rains. They blamed the damage on heavy vibrations caused by the nearby construction.
The construction on National Highway 15B spans over 11 kilometres from Đồng Lộc junction to Phú Việt Commune in Thạch Hà District.
Hà Tĩnh Province’s Department of Transport is funding the project with total investment of nearly VNĐ250 billion (US$10.7 million).
Local resident Phan Thị Huyền said road rollers and heavy machinery have been operating day and night since early June.
“My house is fine if it’s sunny,” she said. “But when it rains, water leaks in through the roof.”
Trần Xuân Hải, acting chairman of Xuân Lộc Commune’s People’s Committee, said local authorities are working with insurance agencies to assess the damage and determine how much compensation residents should receive.
So far, residents of 14 households have accepted payments ranging from VNĐ1-11 million (US$43-472).
Others refused the payments, maintaining they were entitled to more compensation.
Deputy Head of Hà Tĩnh Province’s transport project management unit Lê Viết Hòa said Hà Tĩnh Insurance Company was contracted to conduct inspections of houses along the road before construction started.
He said a dialogue between local residents and relevant agencies would be held soon to settle the incident. — VNS