|Erosion is becoming more serious at coastal areas around Rạch Gốc seaport in Cà Mau Province’s Ngọc Hiển District. — VNA/VNS Photo |Viet Nam News
CÀ MAU — The country’s southernmost province of Cà Mau is speeding up construction of more than 4.2km of breakwater to prevent erosion and protect residential areas along its eastern coast, the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said last Saturday.
It is expected to cost over VNĐ110 billion (US$4.7 million), which is coming from the Government’s reserve funds for localities in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta set up under the Prime Minister’s Decision No 795.
A 2km stretch will be built near Rạch Gốc Port and the rest at Vàm Xoáy Port in Ngọc Hiển District.
Lý Hoàng Tiến, chairman of the Ngọc Hiển District People’s Committee, said the district has signed up capable contractors to speed up construction of the Rạch Gốc stretch.
The task is urgent to prevent erosion and ensure the safety of lives and properties in residential zones near the port, he said.
The Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Urban Sewerage and Development Ltd Company (BUSADCO) is the contractor.
The company has promised to complete the construction on schedule.
A BUSADCO spokesperson said the company is using pre-fabricated barriers to protect riverbanks and sea dykes.
Pre-fabrication helps overcome many challenges posed by weather, climate and hydrology, and makes it easy to operate and maintain breakwater, he said.
Besides, the construction takes only one third the usual time and costs at least 20 per cent less than traditional methods, he said.
The province has petitioned the Government for another VNĐ316 billion ($13.6 million) to build more than 11.3km of embankments along its eastern coast where erosion is becoming severe due to the effects of climate change. — VNS