Da Nang City in central Vietnam has issued an order to dismantle illegally-constructed buildings at a local stream to restore its status and wild beauty.
Many ecotourist areas that have mushroomed along Luong Stream in Lien Chieu District are rushing to rehabilitate buildings and start work on new facilities to boost their business operations, blocking the flow of the stream and disfiguring its beauty.
The People’s Committee of Hoa Hiep Bac Ward in Lien Chieu District last Friday started dismantling the unlawfully-built constructions in the Luong Stream area.
Many businesses and households have erected several tourist sites and camping venues along the stream with a length of two kilometers.
Among them are large tourist areas which feature various facilities such as watchtowers, restaurants, restrooms, and suspension bridges.
|The flow of Luong Stream is blocked, spoiling its wild beauty. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
Most of the buildings are encroaching on the stream and changing the direction of the flow to create pools so that tourists can swim.
Investors have concreted multiple locations in the stream area and built embankments to re-design the flow of the stream, spoiling the wild beauty of the waterway and the natural landscape.
The ward is stepping up efforts to handle these illicit constructions.
These businesses and households were asked to dismantle their facilities by themselves. However, if they fail to cooperate, local authorities will take coercive measures.
As for the Luong Stream-Hai Van Park ecotourist area, which is the largest of its kind in the stream area, officials on March 31 decided to adopt coercive measures to demolish it.
However, the owner of the facility, on the same day, mobilized workers, vehicles, and machines to proceed with the dismantling, promising to complete the work on April 6.
Meanwhile, the owners of Thuy Lam Vien and Hai Van tourist areas are speeding up their work to demolish the illegal constructions.
|The flow of Luong Stream at the Thuy Lam Vien tourist area is blocked due to illegal construction. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre|
Nguyen Minh Hoang, vice-chairman of Hoa Hiep Bac Ward, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that some households are active in tourism.
These households had earlier been allocated forest land for a living due to their financial difficulties.
Therefore, the ward will propose allowing them to continue doing business there legally, but it will still monitor their operations to ensure they follow prevailing regulations.