The environmental protection programme for the 2011-2015 period in the southern province of Binh Duong is making good progress and expects to fulfill all targets by 2015, according to the province’s People’s Committee.

By the end of last year, 87 percent of solid wastes were collected and treated, while the figure for solid hospital wastes was 97 percent; 97 percent of urban people have access to hygienic water and for rural people, the rate is 96.2 percent.

Meanwhile, more than 96 percent of industrial zones and industrial clusters in the province have been equipped with standard waste-water treatment systems.

The Chairman of the People’s Committee has requested that inspection be intensified on serious polluters and strict punishment applied. He also instructed that the relocation of polluting production establishments and projects on building waste treatment facilities be accelerated, while encouraging all sectors to invest in environmental protection.-VNA