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Locals on tenterhooks as Vietnamese resort developer allowed to use dynamite for site clearance

Sunday, April 04, 2021, 16:18 GMT+7
Locals on tenterhooks as Vietnamese resort developer allowed to use dynamite for site clearance
The construction site of the Haborizon resort and villa project on Hon Ro Mountain in Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Photo: P.S.N. / Tuoi Tre

A resort developer in Nha Trang, a beach city in the south-central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa, has been permitted to level a hill with over 64 metric tons of dynamite, which sparked concerns among residents living nearby.

Residents in Thanh Phat and Thanh Dat Villages in Phuoc Dong Commune, Nha Trang City have sent letters to local authorities to express their complaint and worry about the implementation of the Haborizon resort and villa project on Hon Ro Mountain.

Many people living near the foot of the mountain stated that their houses have sustained multiple cracks and often shake whenever the dynamite explodes.

Others said their roofs have been damaged by the use of the explosives.

The project developer previously sent some people to check the affected houses, but no solution or compensation has been suggested.

The locals also complained about air and noise pollution as many excavators start operating from 2:00 am every day, while many large trucks carrying soil and rocks often travel through residential areas.

A ditch was already dug up to discharge wastewater from the construction site down to the neighborhoods at the foot of the mountain.

A large volume of water often washes downhill during heavy downpours, as trees have been chopped down to make way for the construction.

The Gioi Xanh Company, the developer of the Haborizon project, was granted an investment permit in January 2018.

The project covers an area of more than 24.16 hectares on Hon Ro Mountain, including 9.8 hectares of protection forest.

On September 14, 2020, the Department of Construction in Khanh Hoa Province allowed the developer to use 64.5 metric tons of explosives and 20,000 detonators of all kinds to destroy part of the mountain and make way for the construction.

Meanwhile, the Nha Trang People’s Committee stated that the construction method causes a very high risk of landslides, especially during torrential rains.

The administration added that the project does not fit in with the development master plan of the city.

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