13 percent of urban wastewater being treated in HCMC

Ho Chi Minh City has been able to treat 13 percent of urban wastewater so far and a roadmap is underway to handle the rest volume, reported the director of the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment to the Secretary of the city Party Committee yesterday.

Secretary Dinh La Thang (R)  shakes the hand of   leader of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmentat a meeting on August 18 (Photo: SGGP)

According to director Nguyen Toan Thang, HCMC now receives and handle 7,500 tons of garbage a day. Of these, 5,200 tons are buried at Da Phuoc waste treatment complex while the remaining is recycled into compost at Vietstar and Tam Sinh Nghia companies.

The department is working with investors to gradually modernize solid waste treatment technology, aiming to reduce the volume of buried garbage and increase the recycled capacity.

21 polluting production establishments in residential areas in Dong Hung Thuan ward, District 12 have been completely settled and those built unsuitable with plan have been listed to relocate, he reported.

Mr. Nguyen Toan Thang said that the department and investors have stepped up preparations for building and installing of public toilets and rubbish bins, which are short in the city, next year.
The department has licensed 1,414,327 house ownership and land using right certificates accounting for 93 percent of the total.

Statistics from 24 districts show that 109,251 cases have yet to receive the certificates including 88,665 cases ineligible for granting and 20,586 eligible but residents have no demand.

Secretary of the city Party Committee Dinh La Thang required the department to review its 2,000 cadres and employees, consider if the number has suited the volume of works and how many of them are superfluous and in need of layoffs.

Decentralization should be intensified to ease the pressure from increasing housing and land documents at the department as well as minimize the excess of the time limit to solve them.
The city has made efforts to improve administrative reform index and targeted the country’s top five. However this much depends on how authorized agencies solve petitions of citizens and the rate of their feedbacks to government agencies.

The secretary asked the department to reexamine all plans on land use, waste treatment and water resources to step up the agency’s role of inspection and control over its specialized fields.

The department should have more specific solutions to obtain the city’s green growth target because they are inappropriate now and quickly auction garbage collection and transport.

Mr. Dinh La Thang said that the department’s public announcement of mortgaged housing projects was very good and encouraged the agency to promote that.

In the upcoming time, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment should publicize businesses well implementing government regulations and those not. This aims to help citizens take the initiative in working with real estate developers and step by step create a healthy competition environment among businesses.

In addition, the agency should foster cooperation with related agencies to build a roadmap for vehicles to consume environmentally friendly fuel to get the city’s target of exhaust fume reduction. Mobilization of social investment is necessary to practice this.

If it is well implemented, HCMC will obtain the goal of environmental pollution reduction set in the 10th congress resolution of the city Party Committee, the secretary added.

Stating at the meeting, permanent deputy secretary of the city Party Committee Tat Thanh Cang said that the rents of a number of public estates have been valued low. So renters have leased the property out to the third side to enjoy the price difference. Therefore, the department should be proactive to consult for the city to solve the issue.

He required the agency to take brave and creative proposals on the city People’s Committee program of garbage sorting, upgrade the system of equipment to collect and transport garbage and standardize the collection process of sorted-out rubbish in wards where have conducted the program.

The department should have more synchronous proposals to improve the quality of canal water, he required.

By Ai Van – Translated by Hai Mien

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