Illegal landfills obstruct flood drainage routes


Update: May, 05/2017 – 18:10

A construction landfill by the side of the Red River in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Some 80 per cent of construction landfills along the capital city’s riverbanks are operating without licences, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said.Survey results from the Hà Nội Sub-department of Irrigation, Storm and Flood Prevention reveal that 183 from over 220 landfills in the city are operating illegally, the Tiền Phong (Vanguard) newspaper reported.

It means that some 1,400ha out of 1,500ha of construction landfills are being exploited illegally.

Among the 37 landfills that are operating with licences, licence violations have been detected at 13 landfills, the newspaper reported.

Overloaded trucks have been found to travel along dykes to transport construction waste from and to some 80 landfills.

Large amounts of construction waste have been gathered and transported within the flood drainage routes of the Đà, Đuống and Red rivers in six districts – Gia Lâm (33 construction landfills), Từ Liêm (28), Đông Anh (23) and Ba Vì (18), as well as Hoàng Mai (17) and Sơn Tây (16).

Director of the irrigation sub-department Đỗ Đức Thịnh said this illegal gathering and transportation of construction waste was damaging the dykes, embankments and riverbanks, creating favourable conditions for landslide and environment pollution.

Some construction landfills were throwing construction waste and installing steel poles in the rivers, obstructing the river flow and flood drainage routes.

In addition, a number of landfill owners had violated the Law on Mineral Resource Management and Exploitation when gathering black sand of unclear origin, he said.

Some 13-15 storms and tropical depressions are expected to occur during the rainy season this year, according to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.

They will put as many as 18 locations at risk of flooding since the city’s drainage system is overloaded, the Hà Nội Sewerage and Drainage Limited Company said. — VNS

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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