HCMC finds tough to handle polluting businesses

The shortage of land, capital and assistance policies has caused difficulties for dealing with polluting or possibly polluting production establishments from residential areas in Ho Chi Minh City.

A delegation of HCMC officials inspects a polluting production establishment in Binh Chanh (Photo: SGGP)

1,316 establishments have been forced to remove from urban areas or change their production methods into environmentally friendly technologies. This has in fact reduced pollution for the center area but raised new polluted spots in the suburb areas where these establishments relocate.

Many of the polluting establishments are positioned in Binh Chanh, Thu Duc and Binh Tan districts. Most have small scales with limited land and capital and been unable to repair their environmental consequences despite being reminded many times by authorized agencies.

They are short of capital to invest in wastewater treatment systems and new production technologies to reduce pollution, according to Deputy Chairman of Binh Tan District People’s Committee Nguyen Gia Thai Binh.

Deputy Chairman of Binh Chanh District People’s Committee Nguyen Van Truong said that local authorities had been confusing to handle the issue while authorized agencies lacked of sanctions for the violators as well as assistance policies to help them remove and renovate their technologies.

Besides, the city has not done planning on industrial parks and clusters for these businesses to move in making it difficult to tackle the issue, he added.

Therefore he proposed the city authorities to provide the establishments with loan interest rate assistances to relocate, reform technologies and invest in wastewater treatment.

By Minh Hai – Translated by Hai Mien

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