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Project helps reduce pollution in rivers

Update: April, 03/2013 - 10:14
Part of the Nhue River running through Ha Noi's suburban Thuong Tin District is polluted by waste discharged from riverside industrial zones, trade villages and households. The river basin, together with those of the Day and Dong Nai rivers, will be environmentally improved thanks to the World Bank's support. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Lam

HA NOI (VNS)— A project to reduce industrial pollution in the basins of the Dong Nai, Nhue and Day Rivers kicked off in Ha Noi yesterday.

The five-year project will be initially carried out in four provinces – Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Ba Ria–Vung Tau and Dong Nai – with a total investment of nearly US$59 million, including $50 million in loans from the World Bank.

Vu Dai Thang, Head of the Industrial Zone Management Department under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, said that under the project, 17 observation stations will be set up to monitor the amount of waste discharged into the rivers and a fund will be established for enterprises to build waste water treatment systems.

At least 10 industrial zones in the four provinces will receive preferential loans to build their treatment systems, while 2,500 officials will be trained to improve their pollution management capacity. — VNS

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