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Tra Vinh proposes development of VND2.8-trillion freshwater reservoir

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Tra Vinh Province has planned to develop a freshwater reservoir project along the Lang The River to serve agricultural production and the daily activities of local residents, with a total investment of VND2.86 trillion, said a local official on December 16.

The government of the Mekong Delta province has written to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development proposing adding the project to the country’s irrigation lake zoning plan during the 2021-2025 period, said Le Van Han, chairman of the provincial government, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The project will include four water-level control drains serving the daily production at estuaries and the Lang The River fork, with an embankment of over 13 kilometers long.

The project is aimed at ensuring freshwater supply to serve agricultural and industrial production and the daily activities of local people in Tra Vinh City and the two districts of Cang Long and Chau Thanh. It is also expected to help ease droughts, saltwater intrusion, the shortage of freshwater, riverside and coastal erosion, and worsening flooding in the province.

The Lang The River, which is a branch of the Co Chien River, is over 16.3 kilometers long and runs across Tra Vinh City and the two districts of Cang Long and Chau Thanh. The section along the river where the freshwater project will be developed has experienced serious landslides, frequent flooding and saltwater intrusion in the dry season.

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