A lime kiln in Uong Bi city (Photo: baoquangninh.com.vn)
 
Quang Ninh (VNA) – Uong Bi city in the northern province of Quang Ninh is working to halt the operation of all manual lime kilns in the locality, said Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of the city Dang Dinh Sach.

Statistics of Uong Bi’s urban management office showed that the city is home to 115 manual kilns, the highest number in Quang Ninh province. Most of those facilities were built on agricultural land.

The city will allocate about 25.87 billion VND (1.11 million USD) to support the work. The money will be spent to help owners demolish the kilns and restore the site, and workers at the kilns to find other jobs.

Quang Ninh has accelerated the plan to stop activities of lime kilns in the province by 2020, in accordance with Government’s guideline on the issue.

Through dialogues with leaders of Uong Bi city, most owners have agreed to cease operations of manual lime kilns. Meanwhile, local authorities are continuing communications work and inspections to put an end to manual lime producing activities.

As of February 19, up to 106 kilns in Uong Bi have stopped their operations. –VNA