Hanoi, neighbouring localities join hands to ensure waterway security hinh anh 1Illegal sand exploitation in Red River (Source: http://thoibao.today)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Public Security Department of Hanoi on November 11 signed a coordination agreement with public security forces from eight neighbouring localities on ensuring domestic waterway security and order.

Along with Hanoi, signatories are Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hoa Binh, Ha Nam, Hung Yen, Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen and Vinh Phuc.

A report from the department showed that there are 15 rivers of different sizes with total length of 493.3km, running through the city. Sand exploitation activities are recorded in seven rivers.

Due to high profit from natural resources in the rivers, illegal exploitation activities in Hanoi’s rivers have remained complicated, especially in bordering areas between the city and contiguous provinces.

At the same time, the management and monitoring of exploitation activities by licenced organisations have been poor, leading to the abuse of licences to conduct excessive exploitation beyond allowed areas to cause negative impacts to the environment and landslide along river banks, as well as affect the dyke system.

Under the agreement, the localities will work closely together in handling violations of environment and natural resources protection and domestic waterway traffic or activities harming dyke system.-VNA