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Hanoi residents stop blocking garbage trucks
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Hanoi residents stop blocking garbage trucks

The Saigon Times Daily

Garbage trucks can now enter the Nam Son dump site - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Residents living near the Nam Son dump site in Hanoi’s Soc Son District on January 14 stopped blocking garbage trucks from entering the site, allowing the thousands of tons of garbage piling up in the city to be handled, the local media reported, citing Soc Son Vice Chairman Do Minh Tuan.

At a meeting between the Soc Son government and residents in Nam Son, Bac Son and Hong Ky communes of the district, local leaders committed to starting compensation payments to residents living within 500 meters of the dump site from the next quarter, as required by the Hanoi government.

The district government also established a steering committee to clear a buffer zone 500 meters wide from the dump site and a working team to manage the compensation payments.

The residents said they agreed with the Soc Son government’s solutions. However, they will once again stop trucks from entering the Nam Son dump site if the local authorities fail to fulfill their promises.

As the protesters have dismantled their tents and cleared the way to the dump site, Hanoi Urban Environment Company (Urenco) has quickly collected the garbage in the city. However, it will take at least two days to collect all the garbage, Urenco General Director Nguyen Huu Tien told Thanh Nien Online newspaper.

Residents living near the Nam Son dump site started to block the passage of garbage trucks on the night of January 10 as they were angered over the long-term pollution and the local authorities’ delays in compensation for resettlement.

They wanted to move out of the area affected by the dump site and to have a fixed date for receiving compensation from the Hanoi authorities. These residents also asked for a meeting with Hoang Trung Hai, secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee.

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