A huge amount of sand dredged in two river projects originally meant for protecting an eroding beach in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Nam has been directed away from its expected location. In early 2017, the Quang Nam administration approved two dredging projects on Cua Dai River in the province’s Hoi An City, with the exploited sand meant to be used as an aid against erosion at the nearby Cua Dai beach. However, ships transporting sand dredged from the projects have been spotted heading to locations other than Cua Dai beach. On Thursday, Nguyen Minh Ly, chief of the secretariat of Hoi An administration, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that the two dredging projects on Cua Dai River are expected to result in 150,000 cubic meters of sand. The Hoi An administration is in charge of one of the projects, and the other is overseen by the Vietnam Inland Waterway Administration. The projects, contracted by Thanh Do Co. and Son Thinh Co., have so far dredged some 64,000 cubic meters. Ly also admitted that some ships carrying sand from the projects were headed to nearby Da Nang City, instead of depositing the sand at Cua Dai beach, as expected. “We have never permitted anyone to remove the sand from Hoi An,” Ly underlined. The official said Quang Nam authorities are probing the case and verifying rumors that Cua Dai River sand is being transported to Da Nang under a hefty contract to serve a land reclamation project there….