Ministry instructs to report river filling up project in Dong Nai

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has instructed its department in the southern province of Dong Nai to report all information related to an urban area project which has raised public concerns and objections on the media recently for filling up parts of Dong Nai River.

Tens of thousands of cubic meters of soil and stones have been dumped into Dong Nai River to make room for an urban area project as of March 23 (Photo: SGGP)

Pegasus Residence urban area project of Toan Thinh Phat Company has been approved by Dong Nai province People’s Committee alongside Dong Nai River, comprising office buildings, commerce and service centers, houses, apartment blocks, and 4-5 star hotels.

The project has a total capital of over VND2.2 trillion (US$101.2 million) and stretches over 8.4 hectares. Of these, 7.72 hectares of Dong Nai River will be filled up.

The river will be narrowed along 1.3 kilometers with the widest section encroaching up to 100 meters towards its bed.

After a couple of days of implementing the project, tens of thousands of cubic meters of soil and stones have been dumped into the river.

Experts worried that the project would make the river current run swifter, worsen erosion in surrounding areas and flooding in Ho Chi Minh City during rainy season.

Dong Nai river valley supplies water for nearly 20 million people from 11 provinces and cities including HCMC, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An, Tay Ninh, Lam Dong, Dak Nong, Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan.

The urban area’s construction is feared to render immeasurable consequences to the living environment of residents along the river in the future.

On March 23, the Vietnam River Network (VNR) has proposed in writing the province People’s Committee to revoke the project's license and Toan Thinh Phat Company to stop construction until there are studies on its impacts by relevant sides including central authorized agencies.
VRN said that the 8.4 hectare project would infringe up to 7.72 hectares of Dong Nai River and locate in a crowded residential area. Therefore it is necessary to collect opinions from citizens who will be affected directly and indirectly from the project.

By Duc Trung – Translated by Hai Mien

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