By the end of last year, 86.04 per cent of the households in HCM City's urban areas had clean water, with daily per capita water use going up by 3.3 per cent over 2010, the Sai Gon Water Supply Corporation (Sawaco) reported.
Water losses in urban areas last year reduced by 1.4 per cent compared to 2010, but remained high at 38.5 per cent.
Sawaco attributed the situation to many projects that it implemented last year to improve the city's water supply system. However, broken water supply pipes and the stealing of water had increased water losses, it said.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Ca Pass tunnel project given green light
Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has approved a project to construct the Ca Pass tunnel on the National Highway 1A section that runs through the two provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa.
The project has a total length of 13.4km, with a 3.9km stretch passing through the tunnel.
Carried out in the BOT (Build-operate-transfer) and BT (Build-transfer) forms, the project has a total investment capital of VND15.6 trillion (US$741.7 million).
Construction of the project is expected to start in the second quarter of this year and be completed in the second quarter of 2016.
Thoi Bao Kinh Te Viet Nam (Viet Nam Economic Times)
36 illegal woodwork companies suspended
Inspection teams from the Ministry of Planning and Investment have asked authorities of Buon Don and Ea Sup districts in Dak Lak Province to temporarily suspend operations of 36 out of 40 wood processing establishments in the two districts for failing to obtain business licenses.
In addition, their workshops were located near the forest, aiding illegal logging operations.
Previously, the People's Committee of Ea Sup District had temporary suspended operations of 78 wood processing establishments and withdrawn the business licences of 32 others.
Lao Dong (Labour)
Ben Tre implements climate change projects
Authorities in the southern province of Ben Tre have said they will continue to implement projects aimed at reducing climate change impacts this year.
Accordingly, dyke systems in Mo Cay Nam and Mo Cay Bac districts will be consolidated, accommodation built for 700 poor households of Nhan and Ngoai islets in Ba Tri District and an irrigation system to serve agricultural production completed in Binh Dai District.
The works are estimated to cost more than VND56 billion (US$2.66 million), officials said.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)