Vedan compensation delayed due to arising complaints

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province and Ho Chi Minh City will postpone compensation for residents, affected by environmental pollution caused by Taiwanese MSG company Vedan, officials said on Friday.

A section of Thi Vai River was killed by Vedan Vietnam

Deputy director of the Ba Ria-Vung Tau’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Tran Van Cuong said that the US$1.4 million compensation of the first phase was initially scheduled to begin by the end of September.

The decision came after several residents complained that they did not agree with the evaluation of affected areas, made by the Ho Chi Minh City National University’s Natural Resources and Environment Institute, said Mr. Cuong, who is also the head of the damage evaluation board in Vedan case.

At present, the board is collecting 1,255 households’ opinions through their representatives for the most rational compensation method to prevent disputes afterwards.

The same day, chairman of the HCMC Famers Association Nguyen Van Phung said that the association had received over VND46 billion (US$2.4 million) Vedan compensated  for 839 households in Can Gio District.

The indemnity would be extended by the end of October, not September as scheduled because there were 500 more farmers required compensation.

However, 431 of the new claimers are out of the polluted areas, according to the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment, while the rest are not HCMC inhabitants, Mr. Phung said.

By staff writers – Translated by Kim Chung

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