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Drains, dredging ease floods in HCM City

Update: September, 28/2012 - 09:51

 

A flooded road in HCM City's Thu Duc District. The city plans to eliminate all flooding spots by 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Manh Linh
HCM CITY (VNS)— Flooding has been prevented in eight areas where the city has built new drains and dredged canals and sewers, according to the HCM City Steering Centre for the Anti-Flooding Programme.

The city also plans to do similar work on two other flood-prone spots this year.

The eight areas are located on Vu Tung, Ung Van Khiem, Lanh Binh Thang, Hau Giang, Do Xuan Hop, Quang Trung, Phan Anh and An Duong Vuong streets.

At a meeting with the city's People's Council's Economic and Budget Division this week, the centre representatives said it had completed work on 121 water-drainage sewers, with a total length of 234 kilometres.

It had also upgraded the drainage capacity of 172 water-drainage sewers, with a total length of 289km.

Dredging was also done on 1,261 km of water-drainage sewers and 57 canals and sluice gates totalling a length of 6.5 kilometres.

Construction projects, however, have caused flooding to return to 14 other areas in the city that had similar dredging work done in recent years.

Of the total number, seven spots flooded during rains because of the major project to upgrade the Tan Hoa – Lo Gom Canal basin.

Nguyen Phuoc Thao, the centre director, said delays in accessing, approving and granting licences had slowed down work on many flood-prevention projects.

In addition, many participants at the meeting said that some districts had not paid proper attention to educating local residents about flood prevention.

They said that local residents continued to throw rubbish in sewers, blocking water drainage.

To ensure the progress of the city's flood-prevention programme during the 2011-15 period, the centre asked the People's Committee to develop specific policies for basic-construction investment for important and urgent projects. This would help investors speed up the construction of flood-prevention projects.

It also asked the committee to set up a zoning plan for water, similar to plans for transport and trees.

It also asked the committee to allocate more funds for managing, maintaining and repairing water-drainage systems to meet the current demand for better water drainage.

Nguyen Van Lam, deputy head of the city People's Council's Economic and Budget Division, said violators of regulations on water drainage systems must be penalised.

Lam also asked the centre to implement projects approved by the city's People's Committee.

He told the centre to work with agencies to seek measures to solve the recurrence of flooding in areas where previous drainage work had been completed.

The city has targeted eliminating all flooding spots in inner-city areas as well as parts of other districts by 2015. — VNS

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