NA Committee questions Dong Nai leaders on river encroaching project

A group of officials from the National Assembly Committee of Science, Technology and Environment on Saturday grilled the People’s Committee of the southern province of Dong Nai on a project transgressing Dong Nai River to make room for an urban area project.

Soil and stones have been transported to Dong Nai River for building of an urban area project (Photo: SGGP)

The NA committee asked relevant sides to report the case to the NA officials. They will consider procedures and the process of approving the project, see how environment and water resource laws have been abided by and make a field trip to construction site.

Earlier, investor Toan Thinh Phat Company had proposed the province People’s Committee to temporarily halt the project. This is to get opinions from Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, and Construction on social and environmental impacts.

The people’s committee approved the proposal on March 27 and will be responsible for inviting ministries to investigate controversial issues.

Dong Nai licensed the urban area project, which broke ground September last year with a total capital of VND3.2 trillion (US$148.61 million) in Bien Hoa city. Over 7.7 hectares of the 8.4 hectare project come from filling up Dong Nai River. The rest area locates on the corridor to protect the river water source.

The project comprising a trade center, houses, five star hotels, office buildings and parks along 1.3 kilometers of the Dong Nai River has raised objections from the public, experts and scientists.

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By Duc Trung – Translated by Hai Mien

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