Agencies in Khanh Hoa Province have proposed that province authorities impose a VND225 million (US$10,010) fine on the Nha Trang Sao project investor for damaging the environment, encroaching and filling up Nha Trang Bay.
The proposal was released at a meeting held on Friday to review inspections on the Nha Trang Sao project. Nha Trang Sao Joint Stock Company is the investor.
The investor was ordered to stop the illegal construction and propose solutions for finishing the project to the authorised agency for approval before January 1, 2016.
Inspectors found several violations in the project including the illegal building of a restaurant and a 60-metre-long embankment.
The inspection was conducted following public accusations that the project has damaged the environment of Nha Trang Bay, a popular destination for international tourists.
The law-breaking constructions were detected by the province’s Construction Department early this year.
The project investor has dredged up coral and filled part of the bay with sand and rocks to create an embarkment.
Ngo Van Dung, managing director of Nha Trang Sao JSC, said they had dredged up alleged dead coral and filled part of the bay with sand and rocks to create an artificial beach.
He said the building of the temporary dyke was aimed at facilitating construction, adding that once the project was finished, they would remove the dyke.
Nguyen Tac An, deputy chair of Viet Nam Marine Science Association, said the filling up of Nha Trang Bay would affect the area’s ecology and it was impossible to restore.
The construction of Nha Trang Sao project was started in October last year with the total investment of VND670 billion ($29.8 million). The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year.