Viet reclamation project near reserve raises concern

Worries over $12.6b tourist city's impact on 'green lung' as well as further erosion in Mekong Delta

To reclaim land in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region to build Can Gio Tourist City, developer Vinhomes may need 137.6 million cubic m of sand, which environmental experts fear could be taken from riverbeds in the area, thus worsening erosion. The 2,817ha
The 2,817ha Can Gio Tourist City project is five times the size of Sentosa in Singapore. The hoarding in the background displays an artist's impression of the finished development.PHOTO: LE QUYNH
To reclaim land in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region to build Can Gio Tourist City, developer Vinhomes may need 137.6 million cubic m of sand, which environmental experts fear could be taken from riverbeds in the area, thus worsening erosion. The 2,817ha
To reclaim land in Vietnam's Mekong Delta region to build Can Gio Tourist City, developer Vinhomes may need 137.6 million cubic m of sand, which environmental experts fear could be taken from riverbeds in the area, thus worsening erosion. PHOTO: LE QUAN

A sprawling development on reclaimed land off Vietnam's southern coast is expected to create jobs and raise millions in tax revenue for the state, but experts warn that environmental factors could sink the project and cause irreparable harm in the long term.

Can Gio Tourist City, an upcoming 217 trillion dong (S$12.6 billion) project 70km from central Ho Chi Minh City, will boast luxury homes, a 108-storey skyscraper, a golf course and a cruise port if it is completed.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2019, with the headline 'Viet reclamation project near reserve raises concern'. Subscribe