|A landslide swept away some 2,000 square metres of land along the Sài Gòn River in Thủ Đức District’s Hiệp Bình Phước Ward in 2015 . — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY — HCM City will undertake 14 projects to prevent erosion, including dredging of vulnerable waterways, at a cost of over VNĐ1.7 trillion (US$75 million) this year, according to its Inland Waterway Management Division.
They include a four-kilometre embankment in segment 3 of the Bình Quới-Cây Bàng-Chùa Channel in the Thanh Đa Peninsula at a cost of VNĐ645 million ($28 million).
In Cần Giờ District, a 581m long embankment to protect the Tắc Sông Chà residential area will be built at nearly VNĐ158 billion ($7 million).
The dredging will be carried out in the Rạch Chiếc Canal-Trau Trảu Channel-Tắc River at the section between districts 2 and 9 that links the Sài Gòn and Đồng Nai rivers.
This will facilitate waterway transport between the city and Đồng Nai Province to its north-east.
The Bà Chiêm-Bà Chùa-Lấp Dầu canals section in Nhà Bè District will also be dredged.
The division has called on the city People’s Committee to speed up land acquisition for all the projects.
Seven erosion occurred along the city’s rivers and canals last year, badly affecting the properties and lives of people, the division said.
There are 42 locations where erosion is frequent, including 38 dangerous spots that should be fixed quickly to ensure public safety.
Thousands of square metres of land have been swept away along the Sài Gòn River in Thủ Đức District in recent years but authorities have failed to take safety measures. — VNS