Only 20 per cent of the 8,000 tonnes of urban waste in HCM City is treated, according to the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Toxic waste volume has increased every year as treatment facilities have not been upgraded.
Only half of residential areas have central wastewater treatment facilities, although the city has targeted having 90 per cent of new urban areas and half of existing residential areas in the 2011-15 period, according to a report by the department.
Experts said that local authorities should further invest in treatment facilities to prevent environmental pollution.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Ha Tinh builds modern urban areas
The north-central coast province of Ha Tinh spent more than VND560 billion (US$27 million) to develop modern urban areas in the last four years, according to the province's People's Committee. Thanks to its efforts, the urban areas have developed and infrastructure has improved. The province has also implemented the national programme of new rural construction with results in culture, society and social welfare.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Entertainment centres opens in Khanh Hoa
Six free outdoor entertainment centres worth VND20 million (nearly US$1,000) each have opened in south central coastal Khanh Hoa province. They are part of a project designed by Nha Trang University aims to provide outdoor entertainment for locals living in poor and remote districts. "Our project has attracted donations from local organisations and agencies," said Le Cong Lap, a member of the project's managing board.
Tuoi (The Youth)
Beauty of Viet Nam project launched
A project called The Beauty of Viet Nam, aimed to introduce Viet Nam's traditional culture and lifestyle to the world, was launched by the UNESCO Centre for Culture and Education in HCM City on May 12.
Three programmes, Dang Viet (The Figure of Viet Nam), Duyen Viet (The Charm of Viet Nam) and Net Viet (The Style of Viet Nam), feature cultural and arts activities in public places, theatres and hotels around the city. Young people and students from local colleges and universities have volunteered to participate in the project.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)