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HCMC starts work on VND10 trillion flood control project
Le Anh
Monday,  Jun 27, 2016,23:53 (GMT+7)

HCMC starts work on VND10 trillion flood control project

Le Anh

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (C), other leaders of Vietnam and HCMC, and former leaders of the nation join Trungnam Group’s groundbreaking ceremony for a VND10-trillion flood control project on June 26 - PHOTO: VAN NAM

HCMC – Trung Nam Construction Investment Corporation, or Trungnam Group, on June 26 broke ground for the first phase of a project worth nearly VND10 trillion in HCMC to improve flood tide control.

The project will put flooding under control in a 570-square-kilometer area that is home to about 6.5 million people when it is complete in 2018.

Trungnam Group will construct six major floodgates – Ben Nghe, Tan Thuan, Phu Xuan, Muong Chuoi, Cay Kho and Phu Dinh, with each having a width of 40 to 160 meters. Pumping stations will be installed at Ben Nghe, Tan Thuan and Phu Dinh floodgates with a respective capacity of 12, 24 and 18 cubic meters per second.

In the first phase, a 7.8-kilometer dyke system with 25 smaller floodgates measuring one to ten meters in width will be built along a Saigon River section between the Vam Thuat River and the Kinh River.

These floodgates will be located in districts 1, 4, 7, 8, Nha Be and Binh Chanh, and the project will cover a combined 100 hectares and relocate 1,500 people.

The project will be developed under the build-transfer model to prevent flooding caused by high tides on the right bank of the Saigon River and in downtown HCMC. It would also help regulate water levels in canals and improve the city’s water drainage.

Trungnam Group general director Nguyen Tam Tien said his company has been given three years to finish the project but it will try to shorten the construction time to 24 months and spend the remaining 12 months on a trial run.

He said the project would completely control floods in the districts where it passes through.

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