06 July 2017

Ba Bo Canal still polluted despite costly cleanup

Ba Bo Canal still polluted despite costly cleanup

Van Nam

Wastewater is pumped into Ba Bo Canal – PHOTO: VAN NAM

HCMC – The Ba Bo Canal in Thu Duc District, HCMC is still polluted despite a costly project to clean it up, said Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council.

Tam proposed the Departments of Natural Resources and Environment of HCMC and Binh Duong Province cope with wastewater discharged from manufacturing facilities and households along the canal.

HCMC chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong told the Department of Natural Resources and Environment and the Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program HCMC to give an explanation about the canal cleanup project.

An official of the Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program HCMC said the project included building a wastewater reservoir and other works along the banks of the canal with a total investment of VND743 billion (US$32.63 million).

Three out of seven items of the project have been put into use, two others have just been finished and three remaining items are under construction. The center said the project would be complete this month.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment said two industrial parks, Song Than1 and 2, in Binh Duong Province have built wastewater treatment facilities and that it was household wastewater that is polluting the canal.

Pollution in the Ba Bo Canal has been a hot-button issue at meetings of the city People’s Council for over a decade.

 

 



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