HCM CITY — The HCM City People's Committee has given approval to HCM City Power Corporation (EVN HCMC) to bury 19 electrical grids and telecommunication cables this year.
|Workers check electricity and telecommunications cables. HCM City authorities aim to have all cables underground in a bid to get rid of the dangerous eye-sores. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
The city will pay for half of EVN HCMC's loan interest so that it can begin the underground projects.
After September 15, EVN HCMC will begin 14 projects, most of which are located in central District 1.
Work will be done on roads Ham Nghi, Pham Ngoc Thach, Ly Tu Trong, Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Nguyen Hue and Le Loi.
Major roads like Hong Bang, Nguyen Xi, Nguyen Oanh and Nguyen Truong To located in districts 5, Go Vap and Binh Thanh will also be included.
Last year, work on five underground projects began on streets Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dinh Tien Hoang, Cach Mang Thang Tam and Truong Son, located in districts 3, Binh Thanh and Tan Binh.
Two of the projects are expected to be completed next month.
EVN HCMC has also begun a pilot underground project for power, information and telecommunications cables along Tran Hung Dao Street between the intersections of Nguyen Khac Nhu and Nguyen Van Cu streets in District 1.
EVN HCMC has set its 2012-15 target to bury 128 projects of medium- and low-voltage and telecommunication networks in the city centre.
It expects to complete the underground city grid by 2020. More than VND3.1 trillion (over US$148 million) in investment capital will be used.
The aim of the city's master plan for underground development is to increase areas for construction to meet living-space demands and to adapt to climate change.
According to the HCM City Development Research Institute, underground space in the city has 4,400km of water pipes, a 1,500km-long drainage system, 816 culverts, and 16,000km of electricity cables.
Some of the underground systems were built at least 30 years ago.
This year, work begins on a 60-km section for a metro system as well as burial of all electricity cables underground.
In addition, 100 high buildings, all with basements, have been granted licenses, which will add to the city's underground spaces. — VNS