VND10 trillion anti-flooding project restarts after ten months halt

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The first phase of the anti-flooding project worth VND10 trillion (US$431.19 million) officially restarted after ten months of construction halt in HCMC on February 27.

The construction site of a tidal control sewer (Photo: SGGP)

The construction site of a tidal control sewer (Photo: SGGP)

Mr. Nguyen Tam Tien, director of Trung Nam BT 1547 Company, the investor of the project, said that the project construction halt was due to a report issued by the supervision contractor, saying investor had used Chinese steel and difficulties in budget and site clearance. Hence, the city People’s Committee had required to stop construction to inspect the steel quality, strike a balance and audit the project.
Believing that the investor did not commit wrongdoings as per the report by the supervision company, city leaders have permitted the investor to restart the project, said Mr. Tien.
According to the investor, the largest problem now is from partial premise handover. The city People’s Committee has drastically required agencies to tackle the issue. If site clearance and compensation is done in the first quarter, the project will be done and put into operation this year.
Work started on the project in June 2016 comprising six tidal control sewers and five dykes with the total length of 7,810 kilometers. The project aims to control tidal flooding and adapt to climate change in the area of 750 square kilometers with about 6.5 million residents in the right bank of the Saigon River and the center area of HCMC.
The projects will help the city take the initiative in regulating water level in canals, improve urban drainage ability and improve environmental landscape.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Phuong Ho

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