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Trade villages threaten the environment

Update: June, 08/2013 - 09:47
Rubbish from trade villages is dumped without being treated into a pond in Ha Noi's Chuong My District. The living environment around the capital's trade villages is threatened by water, air and land pollution. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Lam
HA NOI (VNS)— The city needs a total of VND1.35 trillion (US$64.3 million) to deal with environmental pollution in surrounding trade villages from now to 2030, according to the municipal Department of Industry and Trade.

According to the department, the living environment in the city's trade villages is seriously threatened by water, air, noise and land pollution.

As many as 37 per cent of villagers suffer from eye and digestive diseases, while 20 per cent and 31 per cent have respiratory and skin diseases.

Specifically, from now to 2020, the city will have to spend VND750 billion ($35.7 million) on building pollution treatment systems in 50 major trade villages, while VND600 billion ($28.6 million) is needed to build such systems in other 30 trade villages in the 2021-30 period.

Together with environmental pollution treatment, capital city authorities will increase campaigns to encourage businesses and households in the villages to follow regulations on environmental protection and hygiene.

They will also make policies to support businesses in promoting scientific and technological co-operation with foreign organisations to apply advanced pollution treatment technologies in the villages.

The city plans to move establishments that seriously pollute the environment from residential areas.

Local authorities have implemented many measures to deal with pollution, including helping householders tackle sewage problems, saving fuel, reducing noise, as well as increasing awareness of environmental protection. — VNS


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