Authorities in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam have ordered the inspection of a fish farming project that was turned into an eco-tourism area inclusive of a park and a driving range.
Dang Thanh Tung, head of the provincial People's Committee Office, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that the administration had sent an urgent document to authorities in Hung Nguyen District, ordering the examination of a high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC.
The district authorities were tasked with inspecting the violations at the facility and handling them in accordance with regulations.
|A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre|
They will have to submit a report detailing their inspection to the provincial administration prior to October 15.
The high-tech tilapia farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC was approved by the Nghe An People's Committee on June 1, 2017.
Located in Hung My Commune, Hung Nguyen District, the project covers an area of seven hectares and costs nearly VND51 billion (US$2.1 million).
|The golf driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre reader|
The developer was recently found to have built multiple constructions that were not permitted by competent authorities, including an artificial mountain, three football fields, a golf driving range, and a park with the models of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The artificial mountain and football fields were put into operation in September 2020.
In June 2021, authorities in Hung Nguyen District imposed a VND30 million ($1,260) fine on Synot Asean JSC for these violations, though the fine did not stop the company from continuing to build a driving range and park on the premises.
|A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre|
In order to legitimize these constructions, the firm submitted a proposal to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment seeking permission to turn the project into a tilapia farm combined with ecotourism services.
In a release issued on September 12, the Nghe An People's Committee confirmed it did not approve Synot Asean’s proposal and ordered the company to cease operating its illegal facilities.