THE PRIME MINISTER OF GOVERNMENT
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 16/2002/CT-TTg
Hanoi, July 31, 2002
 
DIRECTIVE
ON FURTHER ENHANCING THE STATE MANAGEMENT OVER SAND AND GRAVEL SURVEY, EXPLORATION AND EXPLOITATION AS WELL AS RIVER-BED DREDGING IN COMBINATION WITH FULL EXTRACTION OF SAND AND GRAVEL THEREFROM
On January 20, 1999, the Prime Minister issued Directive No. 03/1999/CT-TTg aiming to enhance the State management over sand and gravel survey, exploration and exploitation as well as river-bed dredging in combination with full extraction of sand and gravel therefrom. After more than three years, the activities of sand and gravel survey, exploration and exploitation as well as river-bed dredging in combination with full extraction of sand and gravel therefrom across the country have gradually been put into order. The managerial work of ministries, branches and People’s Committees of the provinces and centrally-run cities has been step by step enhanced. However, illegal exploitation of river-bed sand and gravel, though slowed down, has caused adverse impacts, leading to landslides and change or obstruction of flows. In some localities, the illegal river-bed sand and gravel exploitation still develops complicatedly and uncontrollably, thus causing difficulties to the managerial work.
In order to overcome the above-said shortcomings and further enhance the State management over sand and gravel survey, exploration and exploitation as well as river-bed dredging in combination with full extraction of sand and gravel therefrom according to law provisions, the Prime Minister hereby instructs: