HCMC told to fin­ish anti-flood pro­ject

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HCM CITY — Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Trònh Ñình Duõng in­structed the HCM City Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee to han­dle the planned multi-tril­lion ñoàng anti-tidalflood­ing pro­ject.

He wants the Com­mit­tee to be the State agency to de­cide the in­vest­ment of the VNÑ10 tril­lion (US$450 mil­lion) pro­ject that aims to con­trol tidal flood­ing and to cope with cli­mate change within the 750 square km of the city for its 6.5-mil­lion pop­u­la­tion.

The Com­mit­tee is re­spon­si­ble for the over­all in­vest­ment and ef­fi­ciency of the pro­ject, the im­ple­men­ta­tion and solv­ing any prob­lems with the pro­ject which is also un­der the city au­thor­ity and re­spon­si­bil­ity of the city gov­ern­ment.

The Deputy PM also re­quested the Chair­man of the HCM City Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee, Nguyeãn Thaønh Phong, en­sure the progress and qual­ity of the pro­ject.

This is the largest and most ex­pen­sive anti-flood­ing con­struc­tion pro­ject ever planned for HCM City. It started in June 2016 and is ex­pected to be con­structed over three years.

The pro­ject is funded by the Trung Nam Group, however, the con­struc­tion was sus­pended for five months due to dif­fi­cul­ties bor­row­ing cap­i­tal.

Ad­di­tion­ally, dis­agree­ments also arose be­tween the in­vestor and the con­tract su­per­vi­sor.

HCM City Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tee in late Au­gust pro­posed to the Prime Min­is­ter to con­sider and chair a meet­ing with rel­e­vant min­istries and agen­cies to solve prob­lems.

The pro­ject is in­tended to solve tidal flood­ing and ur­ban flood­ing. Six tide-con­trol gates will be con­structed in Beán Ngheù, Taân Thuaän, Phuù Xuaân, Möông Chuoái, Caây Khoâ and Phuù Ñònh. Three pump­ing sta­tions will also be built in Beán Ngheù, Taân Thuaän and Phuù Ñònh. Around 7.8 km of the dyke is built along the Saøi Goøn River.

Around 300 house­holds with 1,500 peo­ple have been re­moved for the con­struc­tion.

At present, 60 per cent of HCM City floods at high tide - and 70 per cent of HCM City land is sink­ing. Cli­mate change, ur­ban­i­sa­tion, and higher tides on lower lands all make flood­ing a ma­jor chal­lenge for the city. — VNS

Heavy rain floods Nguyeãn Höõu Caûnh Street in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo Xuaân Döï

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