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Dong Nai rejects reservoir dredging

Update: March, 19/2014 - 09:54
Tri An Reservoir, which supplies water to the Tri An hydroelectric power plant, has a total capacity of 2.765cu.km. It was built between 1984 and 1987 and has annual electricity production of 1.7b kWh. — File Photo

DONG NAI (VNS)— Dong Nai Province People's Committee on Monday rejected the Ministry of Transport's proposal to dredge the Tri An Reservoir bed.

Last year, the ministry asked the local government for permission to dredge the reservoir bed to ensure traffic safety and exploit sand, but the committee refused to do so after conducting research on the proposal.

The committee said the ministry's project would coincide with a sand-mining pilot project on the Dong Nai River, and the province does not have big ships to do the job.

The ministry's waterway department had given approval to Hiep Phuoc Maritime and Investment Development Joint-Stock Company to dredge the reservoir's bed.

The two companies did the work for three months, but they exceeded the permissible mining depth.

Dong Nai Province then forced the companies to stop dredging and appointed authorities to resolve the matter.

Tri An Reservoir, which supplies water to the Tri An hydroelectric power plant, has a total capacity of 2.765cu.km. It was built between 1984 and 1987 and has annual electricity production of 1.7b kWh.

City approves project

The HCM City People's Committee has approved a project to dredge a waterway extending from Dong Nai Bridge to Ong Nhieu Canal.

The Ministry of Transport awarded the licence after it received approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, which had conducted an environmental impact assessment of the project.

Dredging, which will upgrade the waterway, will be done over 10 years in two phases. The dredging in the first phase will be 8m deep for ships of 5,000 tonnes and in the second phase 10.7m for ships of 10,000 tonnes.

Deputy Chairman Nguyen Huu Tin approved the dredging after reports presented by investors, the city's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Hiep Phuoc Investment Developing Company and Maritime and Investment Join-Stock Company.

Tin asked the department to ban sand exploitation, which can cause landslides and affect residents living along the Dong Nai River.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2030. —VNS

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