HCM CITY — A new flood-prevention scheme will include construction of a sewage sluice system and widening of sewage sluices in districts 4, 6, and 8 in HCM City, in response to the increasing drainage needs around the city.
The new construction project aims to increase the capacity of Dong Dieu Pumping Station and Binh Hung Sewage Disposal Company, from 141,000cu.m to 469,000cu.m every day. The goal is to reduce water pollution in Tau Hu-Ben Nghe canals.
The project has been put out to competitive tender for builders and supervisors.
Under the plan, in 2013 the widening work will begin at the Binh Hung Sewage Disposal Company. The second phase of the project will be completed and put into use by 2016.
The city has 14 flooded areas in the centre and 17 in suburban districts, according to HCM City's management board of flood-control programme.
Seven of the regularly flooded areas in the city have been treated successfully since January.
At least 172 drainage projects have been completed under the city's environmental sanitation programme, which involves upgrades to infrastructure and improved water sanitation.
The city also plans to build 100 drainage systems covering an area of 100 sq.m, mostly in central districts such as 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11 and districts Tan Binh, Tan Phu, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh.
Drainage systems in the city can only meet 30 per cent of the demand.
The drainage construction scheme approved by the Prime Minister in 2001 called for work covering only 860sq.m, but that has been extended to an area of 2,095sq.m. — VNS