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VND10-trillion flood control project in HCMC seen ready next year

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – A VND10 trillion flood tide control project in HCMC is now 90% complete and may be done next year, said Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Construction Dang Phu Thanh.

At a meeting with voters in District 7 on November 16, Thanh said the completion date of the project had been extended. Procedures should be amended and capital provided so that work on the project can continue, the local media reported.

HCMC Chairman Phan Van Mai said this massive project had faced multiple hindrances. Moreover, the city has been consumed with the Covid-19 pandemic response over the past few months.

In October, the city asked departments and agencies to review all what has impeded the progress of the project. The city will work with the relevant ministries and agencies to remove barriers and accelerate work on the project, Mai added.

Work on the project, whose investor is Trungnam Group, started in 2016 to help control flood tides for an area of some 570 square kilometers, with some 6.5 million residents on the right bank of the Saigon River and downtown.

The project was originally planned to be completed within three years but was suspended in April 2018. In mid-November last year, it was suspended again as an appendix to extend the deadline of the project had yet to be signed.

In April this year, the prime minister asked the HCMC government to pay the investor and eliminate unreasonable costs to get the project done.

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