Representatives of the Economy and Budgets’ Committee under the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council on May 10 went to survey the construction site of Tan Hoa-Lo Gom Canal Sanitation and Urban Upgrade Project that runs through districts 6, 11 and Tan Phu.
|A section of Tan Hoa-Lo Gom cannal in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo:SGGP)|
The project has faced many delays over the years, with the main delay being caused by site clearance which involves 1,643 households in Districts 6, 11 and Tan Phu, said Le Thanh Liem, director of the HCMC Urban Upgrading Project Management Board.
Liem informed that approximately VND2,000 billion (US$90 million) has been invested in building culverts along the 3km canal from Au Co Street in Tan Binh District to Hoa Binh Bridge in District 11, and for improving the 7.4 kilometre stretch of the canal and construction of a 12 kilometre road parallel to the canal.
The committee asked authorities in Districts 6, 11 and Tan Phu to speed up the site clearance work and implement execution at the earliest.
This is the most polluted canal and one of the main causes of flooding in the western districts of the city, Liem added, thus this project will be crucial for reducing flooding in the area and improving living conditions of residents.
The project is scheduled to complete in the fourth quarter of 2014, but Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee directed the management committee to complete the project by 2013.
Once complete, the project is expected to benefit about one million residents that are perpetually affected by pollution and flooding for years, said Liem.
HCMC begins work on upgrading Tan Hoa-Lo Gom canal