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New water pipeline's construction to begin in August

Update: May, 06/2015 - 16:32
Specialised vehicles operate at the site where the water pipeline started leaking in Ha Noi's Quoc Oai District on January 15, 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo Tuan Anh

HA NOI (VNS) — The construction of a 28km-long pipeline, running parallel to the current one to transport water from the Da River to Ha Noi, will begin this August.

The construction was nearly a year behind schedule, the Vietnam Construction Import-Export Joint Stock Corporation (Vinaconex) said yesterday.

General Deputy Director of Vinaconex Than The Ha said at a conference yesterday that the corporation had promised the city authority to focus on building the pipeline, which would extend from National Highway 21 to Ring Road 3, to provide water supply to Ha Noi's residents, in case the existing one breaks.

The VND1.2-trillion (US$55.2 million) project had been scheduled to start last September and be ready by early September this year.

The current water pipeline broke 10 times during the past four years, affecting about 70,000 households in Ha Noi, especially during hot summer days.

Ha said the construction of the new pipeline was very urgent. The corporation had asked the government to skip administrative procedures so that work could begin immediately, but the suggestion was rejected.

The corporation had to implement procedures as required, leading to the delay.

Ha said the corporation would submit the design of the pipeline to the construction ministry next month. After it is approved, the corporation will start building the pipeline, expectedly in August.

The work would be complete by the middle of next year, he said.

The construction work is part of the second phase of the project on upgrading the Da River's clean water supply, with the investment capital of VND4 trillion ($189 million). The project will raise the water supply capacity from 300,000cu.m to 600,000cu.m per day.

During the past four years, the pipeline that transports clean water from the Da River Water Plant in the northern province of Hoa Binh to Ha Noi broke or leaked 10 times.

The latest incident took place on January 15, when a part of the pipeline in Quoc Oai District broke at 8am, causing water shortage to tens of thousands of households in Thanh Xuan, Hoang Mai, Ha Dong and Cau Giay Districts.

The pipeline operator, Vinaconex Water Supply Joint Stock Company (Viwasupco), sent workers, specialised machinery and equipment to the site. The water supply resumed after 12 hours of repair work.

The authorised agencies blamed the breakage on the installation of the pipeline, which had not met technical standards and was not monitored closely. — VNS

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