Dozens of residents living in Nam Son Commune, Soc Son District in Hanoi, blocked lorries transporting rubbish into the Nam Son rubbish dump on Monday.
|Rubbish piles up in Dong Tac Alley in Dong Da District in July this year because residents in Nam Son Commune prevented lorries from transporting rubbish to the dump. — VNA/VNS Photo Danh Lam|
Trieu Tuan Duc, director of the Nam Son Branch under the Urban Environment Company (URENCO), told Tiền phong (Vanguard) newspaper that the residents are demanding compensation as they live within 500m of the rubbish dump and are affected by pollution.
Nguyen Van Chinh, a resident, told Lao động (Labour) newspaper that on July 5 this year, the municipal people’s committee asked district authorities to complete a compensation plan and support resettlement for residents in the affected area. All of the work must be finished before the end of this year.
However, residents have not yet received any compensation, said Chinh.
Tran Thi Thu Ha, deputy chairwoman of the Soc Son District Women’s Association, told the Vietnam News Agency that the district authorities had completed a report on the problem and sent it to the Hanoi People’s Committee.
The report proposed several adjustments related to compensation policies for residents.
To remove residents living within 500m of the rubbish dump following a decision by the municipal people’s committee, the Soc Son District People’s Committee started to pay compensation in July 2 this year. As many as 1,100 households in Nam Son, Hong Ky and Bac Son communes were to receive compensation worth a total of VND3.4 trillion (US$146.2 million). However, the compensation payment was not completed.
So far, after nearly 20 years living with environmental pollution and noxious odours released by the rubbish dump, local residents have blocked lorries from taking rubbish to the dump six times.
The first time was on June 26, 2016, because they did not agree with the compensation plan.
The latest incident was the third time this year the residents blocked the lorries.
At present, about 80 per cent of rubbish from Hanoi is taken to the rubbish dump, equal to about 5,000 tonnes per day. — VNS
Rubbish has piled up in many districts in Hanoi after people living near Nam Son Dumping site protested against the site’s activities.