JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Foul smell haunts Hanoi’s West Lake after removal of tourist marina

Foul smell haunts Hanoi’s West Lake after removal of tourist marina

Monday, March 06, 2017, 11:06 GMT+7

Refuse and swamp water uncovered after the demolition of a floating restaurant and tourist marina in Hanoi’s iconic West Lake have been linked to the foul smell reported in the area.

The building’s demolition commenced on February 23 as authorities looked to terminate all businesses connected to the lake in an effort to arrest the worsening pollution situation.

The marina was one of six businesses found to have permanent structures built onto West Lake without approval from local authorities, and had ceased operating prior to the forced demolition.

After the building was removed, large amounts of domestic refuse, construction materials and other debris were uncovered in the swampy water that stretched tens of meters along the banks of the lake.

An unbearably foul smell could also be detected from meters away, while litter was scattered on the lake’s surface.

Some business owners whose restaurants had been removed along with the marina were stockpiling what remained of their assets on the pavement of a nearby street and selling them at a low price.

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

An excavator removes the remaining parts of the marina on West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Debris from the demolition piles up along the banks of West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Swamp water is uncovered after the marina has been removed. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Litter scattered on the surface of West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Litter scattered on the surface of West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Litter scattered on the surface of West Lake in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

​Hồ Tây hôi thối sau khi tháo dỡ nhà hàng nổi

Assets from the demolished marina are sold at low prices on the pavement of Nguyen Dinh Thi Street in Hanoi. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

TUOI TRE NEWS

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Latest news