|A section of the Cổ Cò River. The central Quảng Nam Province plans to dredge the river later this year. — VNS Photo Lê Phước Bình |Viet Nam News
QUẢNG NAM — The central province of Quảng Nam plans to dredge the Cổ Cò River later this year with a total investment of VNĐ850 billion (US$38 million), 50 per cent of which will come from the State budget’s Climate Change fund.
Trần Đình Quang, deputy head of the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone (EZ) Authority, said the project will dredge a 14km section of the river, of which 9.5km runs through Hội An city.
Quang said the project will include construction of seven bridges spanning over the river for transport of local residents on the river banks.
Hội An city plans to clear 13.7ha for the project.
Sand collected from the project will be used for construction projects in Hội An and Điện Bàn towns as well as re-sanding the badly eroded Cửa Đại Beach.
Earlier this year, the province dredged 70,000 cubic metres of sand from the Cửa Đại estuary to save the Cửa Đại beach from erosion.
In 2015, Quảng Nam also invested VNĐ825 billion ($39 million) to dredge two main ports of Tam Hiệp and Kỳ Hà to help cargo ships reach them.
The province and Đà Nẵng City have been seeking funds to re-open the river tour service in the Cổ Cò River. — VNS