HẢI PHÒNG – Workers have begun dismantling a water music project in the centre of this northern coastal city after more than a year of ineffective operations and being criticised for wasteful expenditure.
The dismantling work was undertaken following a resolution approved by the city’s People’s Council last year, which ordered it to be complete before January this year.
Documentary procedures for the dismantling started in the middle of last month but official work just started on Thursday, the local authority said.
The VNĐ200 billion (US$8.8 million) project in the city’s Hồng Bàng District’s Tam Bạc Lake was inaugurated in May 2015 on a steel foundation of 120m length 12m width.
Sơn Lâm Tourism Ltd. Company which used to be the major investor and operator of the project was now also responsible for dismantling it.
The project, covering about 48,000 square metres of Tam Bạc Lake’s surface area, faced public criticism as a waste of public funds due to the vast investment capital and irrelevant goals of usage.
A report from the city’s People’s Committee revealed the cost of maintenance of the project was nearly VNĐ2 billion ($88,000) per year.
Some locals even complained of corruption but investigations by the Party Central Committee’s Inspection Commission showed nothing except some violations in budget expenditure.
The commission thus imposed penalties on the violators, three of whom were from the city’s previous leadership. – VNS