City earmarks 500,000 euros for drainage

Ho Chi Minh City will allocate 500,000 euros to a flood control and drainage project, announced the city Party Committee.

D2 Street in Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thanh District inundated after heavy rain (Photo: SGGP)

The city People’s Committee has worked with relevant ministries and agencies on the project.
The city has asked the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry to allow it to construct a sewer to control the tide at the mouth of Thi Nghe Canal to reduce flooding in the Van Thanh canal, the Bong Bridge and Phan Van Han areas and in Phu Nhuan and Tan Binh districts.
The canal project, to be undertaken instead of two planned two sewers at Bong Bridge and Van Thanh, will help reduce spending on a valve system along the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal.
The Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry’s drainage and flood control project is aimed at lowering tide levels on canals in the city with a tide controlling sewer system.  
The tide-control project is expected to cost VND12 trillion (US$0.7 billion).
At a recent meeting of the city People’s Council, many council members were doubtful about the project’s feasibility.
But the City Council chairwoman Pham Phuong Thao stressed that the project had to be implemented early because tide-related floods have been swamping the city more and more often.

By V. Anh – Translated by Hoang Yen

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