Concerns over Vung Tau beach tourism project

Many experts have expressed their concerns about a USD50-million sea-encroach tourism project in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Concerns over Vung Tau beach tourism project

Many experts have expressed their concerns about a USD50-million sea-encroach tourism project in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Hon Nguu cable car and aquarium project invested by Vung Tau Cable Car Tourism JS Company was kicked off last month and is scheduled for completion in September 2023.

The project located at Vung Tau City’s Tran Phu Street has been licensed to encroach up to 70,000 square metres onto Bai Truoc, the most beautiful beach in the city. It is designed to serve around 3,000-5,000 visitors per day with facilities, including restaurants, wharfs, a sea sports centre, green space and an aquarium.

Dau The Anh, general director of Vung Tau Cable Car Tourism JS Company, said the project will also include a 22-floor hotel.

"We have completed all required legal procedures for the project implementation,” he noted.

According to Mai Trung Hung, deputy director of the provincial Department of Construction, the project is in line with the province’s tourism development plan approved by the government earlier. The department carefully considered the project following the investor’s proposal.

 

However, many experts worried that the project would have a negative environmental impact.

Dr. Vu Ngoc Long, head of the Southern Institute of Ecology, said that the project would be eroded due to the sea encroachment. He took the beach erosion in Phan Thiet in the southern central province of Binh Thuan as a typical example. The erosion destroyed a row of coconut trees of being up to 40 years old.

Long warned more risks for the project as it included an aquarium.

Dr. Le Huy Ba, former head of the Institute for Science, Technology and Environmental Management, said that the project would bring about bad impacts on the environment. This can be learnt from the three provinces of Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa and Quang Ninh where have faced beach erosion due to projects that have encroached upon the beaches.

Vu Hong Tuan, vice chairman of Vung Tau City People’s Committee urged local management agencies to consider the concerns over the project.

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