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Cam Pha looks to a greener future

Update: January, 08/2007 - 00:00

Cam Pha looks to a greener future


A view of Cam Pha on beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay in the province of Quang Ninh. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

QUANG NINH — Cam Pha is a city on the move: oil exploration, mining and construction material production have the city in the midst of an industrial boom.

However, the economic transformation that has occurred in the city has also brought with it environmental pressures that have damaged the area’s natural habitats and the aesthetics of the city itself.

"The change in our city has caused some major problems to the environment. Coal dust, sound pollution, industrial waste and rubbish have become a real concern for people and authorities in the region," said Do Huy Tuan, the Chairman of Cam Pha’s People’s Committee.

In order to rectify the situation, Cam Pha in the northern province of Quang Ninh has become the first local area to embark upon an environmental protection socialisation model.

Enterprises have also been educated about their environmental responsibilities by authorities when conducting business operations, and the public have undertaken training courses to aid them in protecting the surrounding ecological environment.

The action programme is slated to run from 2005-2010, with the improvement of water drainage systems, traffic control and emission outputs and waste treatment, highlighted as key areas to build upon.

During 2005-2006, Cam Pha invested over VND8 billion to upgrade drainage systems in the Cam Son and Khe Re wards, and this year have set aside a further VND20.5 billion to continue the work in other areas of the town.

With Cam Pha coal production accounting for close to 70 per cent of the nation’s entire coal industry output, pollution caused by the mining has been severe and is seen as a primary reason for a change in the city’s environmental strategy.

Coal companies and local authorities have been co-operating with the Viet Nam Industrial Coal and Mineral Corporation to quicken the pace of sanitation projects that have been on the drawing board.

At present, embankment and dam systems at coal mines Deo Nai, Coc Sau, Cao Son, Thong Nhat are being built. The Mong Duong river bed, Khe Re, Ong Linh and the Ba Toa springs have all been dredged.

Being an industrial town, Cam Pha transports and treats 30,000 cubic metres of rubbish per month. A project entitled "Drainage and environment sanitation for Ha Long City and Cam Pha" has enabled a dumping ground to be built at Quang Hanh.

The local authority has also invested in buying rubbish lorries for urban environment companies and seven wards so that there are enough lorries to carry rubbish to Quang Hanh.

"Every household, individual, organisation and local authorities are all co-operating to build a clean environment for our town, and we are not too far away from accomplishing our goals," said Tuan. — VNS

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