Ba Bo canal project behind schedule

Nguyen Ngoc Cong, director of the Ho Chi Minh City Flood Prevention Center disclosed on Sunday that Thu Duc District has not yet been allotted any area to complete a project for the improvement of the quality of water in the Ba Bo Canal.

So far eight of the 128 households have categorically refused to offer any space for the construction of a reservoir and the first section of the main canal.

Two other households owning land on the reservoir area were not found to be listed as households affected by the Ba Bo canal project.

The first bid for construction began last July and the project is planned to go underway by November this year. However, the above set backs may hold the project for another season.

The second bid for construction to build the second and the third sections of the canal begun last October and is expected to begin operations by June.

Though the construction target is clear, the project is at a stand still and unable to take off until two of the 67 households agree to give space for the project.

According to the Saigon Times, The Ba Bo Canal is the main drainage for an area of 1,400 hectares in Binh Duong Province and 160 hectares in HCMC’s Thu Duc District. It is also receiving wastewater from some 10,000 families and many industrial parks.

The canal has been heavily polluted for years due to the untreated wastewater discharged from several industrial parks in Binh Duong Province.

By Q.Hung – Translated by Bach Lien

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