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HCM City tackles erosion hotspots

Update: April, 06/2013 - 09:51
A landslide along the Xom Cui River in HCM City's Binh Chanh District. The city will conduct 41 erosion prevention projects to prevent further damage to residents' lives and businesses. — VNA/VNS Photo Hoang Hai

HCM CITY (VNS)— The People's Committee of HCM City has approved investment in 41 erosion-prevention projects in eight city districts to prevent further damage to local households and businesses.

To cost a total of VND171.39 billion (US$8.1 million), the projects will also include improvements to rural transport, high-tide control, water drainage and irrigation.

Work will be done in areas with the highest need, including Thu Duc, Binh Thanh, Binh Chanh, Can Gio, Cu Chi, Hoc Mon and Nha Be districts as well as District 12.

The city's Department of Planning and Investment and local departments will submit project plans to the People's Committee for approval.

In Nha Be District's Hiep Phuoc Commune this year, one house and 100sq.m of land fell into the river due to land erosion, according to the city's Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention and Control.

On Wednesday, officials from the city's People's Council's economic/budget division inspected vulnerable areas on Thanh Da Peninsula in Binh Thanh District.

Seven ongoing sub-projects are being conducted on the peninsula by the city's Inland Waterway Management Authority.

However, 42 households have not agreed to relocate, and the project has been stalled because of land clearance issues.

At a working meeting with HCM City officials, the Binh Thanh People's Committee also asked the city to allocate VND2 billion for two projects in need of urgent land clearance and compensation.

HCM City aims to eliminate 13 of 62 erosion-prone sites by completing several projects to prevent river and canal bank erosion this year, including sections of Thanh Da canal, a 233m-long bank embankment along the Sai Gon River in Thu Duc District, and a 400m-long river embankment in Nha Be District's Nhon Duc Commune. — VNS


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