Clean-up improves ‘dirtiest canal’

HCM CITY — The 10-year-long Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Environmental Sanitation Project in HCM City is expected to be completed by National Day on September 2, a city official has said.

Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, ordered contractors to ensure the progress of the project’s final components so that it would be put into operation by the September 2 deadline.

Speaking at a ceremony held in HCM City on Thursday, Tinh stressed that it was important to ensure that the project remained on schedule.

Under the project, Truong Sa and Hoang Sa streets bordering Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal from Le Van Sy Bridge in District 3 to Nguyen Huu Canh Street in Binh Thanh District will be expanded by six to nine metres in the second phase of the final project component, according to Le Quyet Thang, director of the Urban Traffic Management Unit No.1 under the city’s Transport Department.

The 10-km section will have three lanes with lighting and trees along both sides of the canal.

The first phase of the project, a five-km section along the canal between Ut Tich Street in Tan Binh District and Le Van Sy Bridge in District 3, was completed last year.

With a total cost of more than VND407 billion (US$19.3 million), the final component aims to facilitate the traffic network as well as improve the landscape along the canal, which is considered the dirtiest canal in the city.

The Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Environmental Sanitation Project received total capital of US$316.8 million, most of which was from Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans from the World Bank. — VNS


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