Families in hydro project area sue electricity group
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Eighteen households living in the area that is the reservoir of the Song Tranh hydropower plant in Quang Nam province have filed a suit against the Electricity of Vietnam Group (EVN) for flooding their houses and causing serious damage to them when it released water into the reservoir of a hydropower plant.
Many houses are heavily submerged in the Song Tranh reservoir in Quang Nam Province Photo: Tuoi Tre
Their complaint was submitted to the district People’s Court on October 24, four days after the EVN decided to let water into the reservoir.
These families – located in Nam Tra My district’s Tra Don commune, a part of the reservoir – have refused to move from the area as they did not agree with the compensation rates for relocation announced by the district People’s Committee.
They said the same compensation rates that were applied in 2006 were offered to them while inflation in the past five years has significantly decreased the actual value of the compensation amount.
As a result, on October 6, they had filed a complaint to the same court against the committee for offering them inadequate compensation.
While the court had yet to settle their complaint, EVN decided to release water into the reservoir causing inundation and damage to their houses, they said.
Meanwhile, the local authorities said more than 1,000 other families in the Nam Tra My and Bac Tra My districts have received the compensation worth VND317 billion (US$15.1 million) in total from the Hydropower Project Management Board III and relocated to their new residence.
Le Ngoc Kich, deputy chairman of Nam Tra My commune People’s Committee, said the compensation was determined based on the land rates approved by the provincial People’s Committee in May 2009, but the 18 families demanded they be compensated at rates stipulated in Decree 69 that took effect 4 months later, on October 1, 2009.
The rates under the decree are three times higher, Kich said.