|Workers replace electrical cables along a street in HCM City. The municipal People's Committee plans to have all the cables buried underground by 2020. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Phan
HCM CITY (VNS) — City authorities are considering setting up a task force to oversee the burying of 30 per cent of medium-voltage electrical cables and 20 per cent of low-voltage cables underground by 2015.
The task force would be led by a deputy chairman of the municipal People's Committee, and include authorities from departments of Transport, Industry and Trade, Information and Communications.
The length of high-voltage cables to be buried by that time would be equal to 400km in length, and low-voltage cables, 500km.
The city also plans to bury 9km of 110kV underground, the Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper has reported.
The underground work began in 2003 when the HCM City's Electricity Corporation buried electrical cables under four major streets, including Le Loi, Le Duan, Nguyen Hue and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia – Nguyen Van Troi.
In 2009 and 2010, the corporation launched five other pilot projects to bury electricity and telecom cables under Ben Thanh Market, the city's Party Committee's meeting hall, and Tran Hung Dao, Le Thanh Ton and Truong Dinh streets.
The members of the city People's Committee has agreed to bury all cables underground by 2020.
The Electricity Corporation has been working with five telecom companies, including Viettel, VNPT, SCTV, FPT and Tradincorp, as well as public streetlights and water supply companies.
From 2011-2013, 31 projects buried 57.5 km of medium-voltage cables, 97.3 km of low-voltage cables, and 2.7 km of 110kV of telecom grid.
From 2014-2015, another 126 projects will be carried out, with 426 km of medium-voltage, 639 km of low-voltage, and 9.12 km of 110kV telecom grid.
It is expected that by the end of 2015, they will exceed 11 per cent of the targeted medium-voltage to be buried, 38 per cent of low-voltage and 30 per cent of the 110kV grid. — VNS