The developer of a controversial project in the central province of Khanh Hoa has been fined VND200 million (US$8,920) after dumping construction materials into the renowned Nha Trang Bay.
Nha Trang Sao Company was fined VND130 million for failing to monitor the environmental impacts of construction activities, and VND70 million for illegally filling up 23,000 square meters of the bay.
It is building an entertainment and sports complex by the bay, considered a major tourist site in the country.
Work on the project started in October 2014 with a total investment of VND670 billion, or nearly $30 million. Nha Trang Sao Company has been allocated a land area of 44,152 square meters for construction and a water surface of 59,416 square meters.
Officials have asked the private investor return the expanded area to its original condition, including removing a rock embankment built along the site.
No officials have been held responsible.
Nha Trang’s environment has been damaged since the tourism boom began in 1999. In recent years, dozens of projects have been licensed along Nha Trang’s northern coastline.
According to the Institute of Oceanography, the ecology of the 500-square-kilometer Nha Trang Bay has deteriorated rapidly due to tourism-related construction projects, leaving many native species teetering on the verge of extinction.