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Largest irrigation project in Mekong Delta completed

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – An irrigation system, which is expected to control salinity on 384,000 hectares of land in the Mekong Delta provinces of Kien Giang, Hau Giang, Ca Mau and Bac Lieu, has been completed after two years of construction.

The VND3.3 trillion Cai Lon-Cai Be irrigation project, the largest in the Mekong Delta, is operational on a trial basis, according to local news reports.

Work on the project started in November 2019. The Cai Be sluice gate is 85 meters wide with two compartments, while the Cai Lon sluice gate is 455 meters wide and has 11 locks.

Le Hong Linh, director of the Irrigation Work Investment and Construction Management Board No. 10, under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said a lot of difficulties had emerged during the execution of the project.

The project was executed in two years, including eight months of the southern provinces imposing Covid-19 restrictive measures. In addition, the transport of materials to the construction site was affected during the 2019-2020 dry season.

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