Thousands of cubic meters of sand belonging to authorities in Da Nang City, central Vietnam was stolen in broad daylight.
The situation occurred at a land plot under the management of the Da Nang Land Fund Development Center in Thuan Phuoc Ward, Hai Chau District.
The land area covering more than one hectare was previously a place to gather materials for the construction of the city’s software park No. 2 project.
On the morning of November 30, several excavators and dozens of trucks were mobilized to transport sand out of the land plot.
A man in a blue shirt was in charge of giving instructions to the truckers.
The bustling work site made quite a lot of noise, with one truck filled with sand leaving the site every two minutes.
Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters followed one of the trucks, which delivered the sand to a resettlement area as part of the project to build the student village for the University of Da Nang.
The correspondents followed another truck and noticed that it had an entirely different journey.
After traveling about 20 kilometers through many streets, the truck also stopped at the resettlement area.
The reporters also saw two other trucks heading to the same destination on the afternoon of the same day.
On December 1, similar activities took place at the land plot.
The reporters decided to follow one more truck and confirmed that it arrived at the resettlement area.
|A truck transports sand to the resettlement area project as part of the construction of the student village of the University of Da Nang, December 1, 2022. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
Nguyen Minh Le Vu, deputy director of Lien Viet Tien Construction JSC, which directed the transport of the sand, said that the firm previously leased this land plot as a place to gather construction materials for the software park No. 2 project, of which the conpany was the contractor.
The company is cleaning up the land plot before returning the space at the request of the Da Nang construction investment project management board, Vu elaborated.
About 3,200 cubic meters of sand has been transported from the land plot to the resettlement area as part of the construction of the student village of the University of Da Nang, he continued, adding that Lien Viet Tien Company is part of the contractor consortium.
“We stated in the document that the sand would be taken from some local sand mines, but the sand reserve in Da Nang is not enough to meet the current demand, so we need to make use of the sand from the previous project,” Vu claimed.
Huynh Tan Quang, director of the Da Nang Land Fund Development Center, said that the center manages this land plot and did not issue a license to any unit to exploit sand at the location.
Nguyen Huu Ninh, director of the Da Nang construction investment project management board, also confirmed that the agency did not request Lien Viet Tien Company to transport the sand out of the land plot of the Da Nang Land Fund Development Center.