A dozen local households at Nam O fishing village in Vietnam’s Da Nang City gathered at the construction site of an ecotourism project on Friday morning to show their objection to the project’s investor blocking a path leading to the sea.
This is not the first time that the locals have shown their disagreement over the Nam O ecotourism project.
The path, numbered 4, leads to a boat parking lot in the fishing village, situated in Hoa Hiep Nam Ward, Lien Chieu District, said Huynh Thi Cuc, 56, a local fisherwoman.
The path closure will affect the livelihood of local fishermen, adding that it will hinder them from seeking shelter for their fishing boats in bad weather conditions, Cuc said.
Echoing Cuc’s viewpoint, Pham Tuan, 48, another fisherman there, said the blockage will take a toll on daily livelihood of the locals, who make a living from fishing all year long.
Each fisherman can earn between VND500,000 (US$20.65) and VND700,000 ($28.91) on each daily fishing trip, allowing them to cover daily expenses, Tuan elaborated.
|The No.4 leads to the nearest boat parking space in Nam O fishing village. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
According to the Hoa Hiep Nam administration, it notified local residents of the temporary closure of the No. 4 path a few days ago.
The ward administration and Trung Thuy Da Nang JSC, the project’s developer, will close the path from September 19 to December 31 this year to serve the project construction and ensure work safety.
During the closure, local inhabitants and tourists can go to the beach via the remaining four paths in the area, according to the ward’s notice.
The developer was asked to execute the project as scheduled and reopen the No.4 path to local residents after December 31.
If rains or storms hit the fishing village, the developer has to team up with local authorities to support the locals in seeking shelter for their fishing boats.
|The construction site of the Nam O ecotourism project, Da Nang City, Vietnam, September 29, 2023. Photo: Tuoi Tre|
The ward administration noted that it will not bear responsibility for any damage linked to the path blockage after it issued the above-mentioned notice.
Work on this Nam O ecotourism project restarted in April this year after being suspended for a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic and objections from local inhabitants.
The tourist site is designed to stretch 35 hectares, with 10 hectares covering the coastline in Nam O fishing village.