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Public concern over spate of robberies

Update: December, 04/2012 - 10:14

HCM CITY (VNS)— With the HCM City People's Council set to begin a new session today, voters in Districts 4, 6, 10, Binh Thanh, and Thu Duc once again complained about the worrying spate of robberies and thefts.

"Robbers, who have become more audacious, attack people on the streets with impunity, making residents feel unsafe when going out," they said.

Despite several complaints about the drug hotspots in an alley opposite the city fire station on Phan Dang Luu Street in Binh Thanh District, they have yet to be raided, they said.

They urged the police and people's committees at ward and commune levels to increase patrols on the streets to combat crime.

Many citizens also raised the issue of traffic problems, environmental pollution, and dumping waste in public land.

They wanted authorities to bolster management of public lands and recover public land that have been illegally occupied.

Binh Chanh voters said several projects have been progressing at a snail's pace —like the 42-ha university that was coming up in Hung Long commune and the Happiness Tenement project in Binh Hung commune.

They said the projects, which had been delayed for several years, should be scrapped to make residents feel secure.

Voters in Cu Chi District called for reconsidering several delayed projects including creation of an orchid- and bonsai-growing village in Phuoc Vinh An commune and setting up of a chemical-pharmaceutical zone in the communes of Phuoc Hiep and Tan An Hoi.

"They should be revoked as soon as possible if not feasible," they said.

More than 80 petitions from voters to lawmakers relate to environmental problems.

In Tan Binh District they want the city authorities to reduce pollution in the Tham Luong Canal in Ward 15 which floods streets and homes in the rainy season.

They also want culverts built to reduce pollution by the Tan Tru and Hy Vong canals in Ward 15.

In Binh Chanh they want the district to stop pollution by factories and waste-treatment facilities in Pham Van Hai, Tan Nhut, Binh Loi, Le Minh Xuan, Quy Duc, Binh Hung, and Da Phuoc communes.

Many manufacturing facilities in District 12 discharge wastewater into canals, causing environmental problems in the district.

Hoc Mon voters said canals in the district such as An Ha and Tran Quang Co have been causing serious pollution.

In District 11 voters want the city to co-ordinate with neighbouring provinces to stop manufacturing facilities in the neighbouring provinces of Long An, Tay Ninh, and Dong Nai from discharging wastewater into HCM City.

Tan Binh District voters said a lead production facility has been discharging toxic waste, affecting residents in Ward 15. — VNS

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