Project fined $5,100 for encroaching on Ha Long Bay.

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    Nov 9, 2023

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The investor of an illegal urban project in Quang Ninh's Ha Long Bay has been fined VND125 million ($5,140) for harming the environment.


Inspectors from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment in the province have revealed that the Do Gia Capital company, which serves as the primary investor for the "10B urban project" in Cam Pha City, has not yet released the environmental impact evaluation report for the project.

Additionally, the investor has failed to implement any protective dikes in the vicinity and has carelessly disposed of debris directly into the surrounding waters without prior dredging of the seabed. As a result, the tidal movements have carried away the muddy sediments into the sea.

As per the inspectors' verdict, it is mandatory for the company to settle the fine and make the environmental impact evaluation report public within a span of 10 days from the date of receiving the decision.

A significant portion of the ongoing construction project in Quang Hanh Ward, covering approximately 4 hectares out of the total 32 hectares, is situated in a protected area that falls under the esteemed Ha Long Bay's UNESCO National World Heritage site. This particular section, valued at VND1.23 trillion ($50.63 million) and funded by Do Gia Capital along with its partners, abides by the regulations set forth for preserving this special heritage site.

The Cam Pha authorities have temporarily suspended the construction of the project in order to assess its construction methods.

In 1994 and 2000, UNESCO recognized Ha Long Bay as a natural heritage site, followed by its designation as a national heritage site in 2009. The bay covers a vast area of 1,553 km2 with 775 islands scattered across 434 km2 of its expanse.

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