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Dong Thap halts sand mining at Tan Khanh Trung site amid erosion concerns

By Nam Nguyen

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HCMC – Sand mining operations at the Tan Khanh Trung site in Dong Thap Province have been temporarily halted due to riverbank erosion, local media reported.

The mine, located on the Tien River in Lap Vo District, covers nearly 37 hectares and holds over 1.3 million cubic meters of approved sand reserves, with more than 1.1 million cubic meters authorized for extraction. The mine has an annual capacity of over 885,600 cubic meters, employing open-pit mining up to a depth of 17 meters.

This site is one of seven designated by the Dong Thap provincial government to supply materials for the Can Tho–Ca Mau expressway project. The daily extraction at this site is around 2,460 cubic meters. After nearly four months of operation, riverbank erosion was detected near the mining area.

Inspections revealed that the erosion had affected the embankment road on Ong Islet in Tan Khanh Trung commune. The 3.5-meter-wide concrete-lined road showed signs of subsidence and erosion over a 50-meter stretch. In some areas, the road’s surface had sunk by 30 centimeters, while in others, erosion had reduced its width to just over one meter.

The erosion has disrupted local transportation and goods movement. In response, the sand mining company has collaborated with local authorities to address the subsidence and erosion.

Hoang Anh Trading and Construction Project Company, responsible for the mining operations, has dispatched specialized equipment to stabilize and repair the affected riverbank. The initial repair work is largely complete, and the road will be resurfaced once the area has fully settled.

Upon completion of the repair work, the company will submit detailed reports and documentation to local authorities for assessment. The goal is to resume sand mining operations swiftly to continue supporting the Can Tho–Ca Mau expressway project.

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