VietNamNet Bridge – Construction of a section of National Highway 10 across Quang Trung Commune in Hai Phong City’s An Lao District has been suspended for two days due to protests by locals.
People lie on the road to prevent construction. — Photo thanhnhien.vn
Some residents of Quang Trung Commune living along Highway 10 said they blocked the road because the road rollers and vibrators had caused cracks and subsidence of some houses since April, Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper reported.
The subsidence affected 14 houses, and residents also reported that cracks had developed along the walls of their houses, which showed signs of tilting.
The affected households reported the incident to the local government and construction contractor TASCO Hai Phong One Member Limited Company, asking them to inspect, compensate and help people repair their homes.
On May 17, local authorities held a dialogue and asked the villagers to allow the contractor to pave the road surface, following which they were to assess the damage for compensation.
Cracks are seen on a local house in Quang Trung Commune due to the operation of road rollers and vibrators during construction of Highway 10 in Hai Phong City. – Photo thanhnien.vn
However, the contractor did keep up its end of the bargain, forcing locals to protest against the construction.
Do Van Chuyen, chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Trung Commune, on Monday said that in the aftermath the local protest, construction was halted and inspection was conducted to assess damage to houses for compensation.
Dao Thi Thanh, a resident, said they would allow work to resume once the contractor provided satisfactory compensation.