HÀ NỘI – Many environmentalists have raised concerns within the proposal to create a spiritual tourism site in Hà Nội’s Hương Sơn Commune that is home to Hương (Perfume) Pagoda.
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They said the project may likely impact the ecological system of the certain area if it had been not carefully studied.
The city’s Department of Investment and Planning has reported to the city’s People’s Committee on the project in Mỹ Đức District that is proposed by Xuân Trường Construction Enterprise.
The project had investment finance of VNĐ15 trillion (US$645 million). It had been planned to cover about 1,000 hectares, next to Suối Yến wharf to the north, Tam Chúc – Ba Sao Tourist Area south, Hoà Bình Province to the east, and the Đáy River in Hà Nam Province to the east.
The project included dredging work to generate 20 kilometres of waterway, the renovation of temples and pagodas in the certain area, the construction of a 100 metre high tower and the construction of a complex of hotels, service and restaurants works.
The site was likely to welcome between six and eight million visitors annually, creating jobs for 30,000 employees and contributing VNĐ1 trillion ($43 million) to hawaii budget.
Currently, the project is in mind for approval.
PhD Dương Đức Tiến of the Institute of Biotechnology told Khoa học & Đời sống (Science & Life) newspaper the former Hà Tây Province’s Department of Science and Technology had organised a large-scale survey on the ecological system of the region a decade ago.
He was on the list of scientists mixed up in survey, and he was surprised to get this type of diverse ecology with rare animals and plants in your community.
PhD Đặng Huy Huỳnh, vice chairman of Việt Nam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment was an associate of the team also.
He agreed with the construction of a spiritual site in your community provided that it brought no impacts on its ecological system and the natural splendor.
Huỳnh said the certain area had rare and precious plants and animals that would have to be well preserved, including sưa (dalbergia tonkinensis) and langur (trachypithecus delacouri), and an incredible number of hundred-year-old trees.
Huỳnh currently said, there have been only three forest areas for Hà Nội, including Ba Vì, Hương Tísó and ch;c Sơn. The town had invested a huge selection of vast amounts of đồng to plant more trees.
How to preserve the ecology was another problem, he added.
Tiến agreed, saying the ecology has existed since way back when and if it had been lost, there will be no way to revive it.
According to the environmentalists, the enterprise had a need to conduct an environmental impact assessment to comprehend any negative impacts on the ecology, the answer to minimise the impacts on and also the influence on the livelihood of local residents. – VNS