Authorities in Quang Ninh will clear 225 beach houses popular
with tourists on the Co To Islands, saying they were illegally built by local
According to Party secretary and chairman of the Co To District People's
Committee, Hoang Ba Nam, the 225 huts were built a long time a go by 36 local
households on military land and had no construction licenses.
In a recent visit to the island, Secretary of the Quang Ninh Provincial Party
Committee, Nguyen Van Doc, requested the district authorities remove the huts
and reclaim the land by September 30.
"A lack of responsibility by local authorities led to this mass illegal
construction," Doc said.
It is claimed that each house costs at least VND120 million (US$5,288) to build.
Some people even borrowed billions of VND to invest in their projects.
Vu Thanh Minh, the originator of the idea in the area said he built the first
huts four years ago with an aim to offer a new experience for visitors to the
"The huts immediately attracted lots of tourists. They're convenient and all
have a beautiful view of the beach," Minh said. "Many other people followed me
to build new huts. The large number of houses has affected the environment."
The businessman said that most of the investors were aware of their violations
and the negative effect that their projects have on the environment and had
agreed to remove.
"I have six huts which I have started to pull down," he said.
Minh, however expressed a wish that local authorities will help find a proper
location for them to move their beach houses to and continue their business.
Nam also said that the district people's committee will try to minimise the
losses for these investors and help them find new business opportunities.