Polluters’ evacuation not work to reduce pollution in HCMC

Over 1,400 polluting businesses in Ho Chi Minh City have been relocated in the outskirts to reduce pollution in downtown, however local authorities have not prepared infrastructures in advance to receive them, resulting in new polluted areas.

Plants continue to cause pollution after being relocated from inner HCMC in Dong Hung Thuan Ward, District 12 (Photo: SGGP)

Dao Anh Kiet, director of the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that HCMC People’s Committee approved a project to evacuate polluting companies from the city's center to reduce pollution in 2002. The number of companies in need of evacuation was 1,402.

Most of them so far have removed or stopped polluting production phases. Six have still not moved due to not been disposed of the suitable position. 

The project has helped improve the environment in the city’s center but created new polluted areas in the outskirts because the city has not done the infrastructures for polluting companies, said Kiet

The worst affected include Dong Hung Thuan Ward in District 12, Binh Hung Hoa in Binh Tan, and areas alongside An Ha Canal in Hoc Mon and Cu Chi Districts.

Cao Tung Son, deputy head of the Environment Protection Division under the department, said that it is necessary to built infrastructures for businesses before they evacuate. However the city has not done so.

Binh Tan District People’s Committee representative proposed the city authorities to instruct some industrial zones with fully-done infrastructures to receive the relocated companies.

Besides, the city should design very detailed plan for evacuating the companies, according to the representative.

In fact, the city has built a program to reduce environment pollution in the phase 2011-2015.

The program’s target is that 80-90 percent of production, service and trading units will have to ensure the environment protection systems and 100 percent industrial and export processing zones must equip the national standard -wastewater treatment systems.

By Ai Van – Translated by Hai Mien

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