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Vietnamese investor found to have illegally built bull racetrack in eco-tourism area

Vietnamese investor found to have illegally built bull racetrack in eco-tourism area

Friday, July 22, 2022, 16:01 GMT+7
Vietnamese investor found to have illegally built bull racetrack in eco-tourism area
An illegally built bull racetrack in the Tra Su cajuput forest tourist site in Tinh Bien District, An Giang Province, southern Vietnam. Photo: Minh Khang / Tuoi Tre

The investor behind an eco-tourism site in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam has been asked to suspend operations pending a resolution by local authorities on a bull racing track illegally constructed on the property.

This unauthorized racetrack, which spans 20,000 square meters in the Tra Su cajuput forest tourist site in Tinh Bien District, was discovered by an inspection team from the Tinh Bien administration, according to a statement released by Tran Minh Hoa, head of the district’s economics-infrastructure bureau, on Wednesday.

The investor behind the tourism site is An Giang Tourism JSC, which has leased 159 hectares of forest from the provincial administration since 2017 to develop an approved ecological tourism project in the district, according to the office.

While much of the construction on the leased land has been in accordance with local regulations, the nearly completed racetrack falls outside the scope of permitted work.

“We have therefore asked the investor to cease operations at the facility and seek permission from the administration,” Hoa said.

Complicating the issue is the fact that the bull racetrack was constructed on land zoned for rice growing.

The investor had not sought permission from local authorities to convert the land to other uses.

An Giang Tourism JSC has been asked to secure approval from provincial authorities to form a basis for adjusting its construction planning to legalize the bull racetrack, inspectors said.

Dinh Quoc Thai, director of the Tra Su cajuput forest tourist site, admitted to the violation and pledged that his company would carry out all necessary procedures to obtain approval for the racetrack.

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The investor behind an eco-tourism site in An Giang Province, southern Vietnam has been asked to suspend operations pending a resolution by local authorities on a bull racing track illegally constructed on the property.

This unauthorized racetrack, which spans 20,000 square meters in the Tra Su cajuput forest tourist site in Tinh Bien District, was discovered by an inspection team from the Tinh Bien administration, according to a statement released by Tran Minh Hoa, head of the district’s economics-infrastructure bureau, on Wednesday.

The investor behind the tourism site is An Giang Tourism JSC, which has leased 159 hectares of forest from the provincial administration since 2017 to develop an approved ecological tourism project in the district, according to the office.

While much of the construction on the leased land has been in accordance with local regulations, the nearly completed racetrack falls outside the scope of permitted work.

“We have therefore asked the investor to cease operations at the facility and seek permission from the administration,” Hoa said.

Complicating the issue is the fact that the bull racetrack was constructed on land zoned for rice growing.

The investor had not sought permission from local authorities to convert the land to other uses.

An Giang Tourism JSC has been asked to secure approval from provincial authorities to form a basis for adjusting its construction planning to legalize the bull racetrack, inspectors said.

Dinh Quoc Thai, director of the Tra Su cajuput forest tourist site, admitted to the violation and pledged that his company would carry out all necessary procedures to obtain approval for the racetrack.

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