Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Duong River Surface Water Treatment project. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung has asked for the Duong River Surface Water Treatment Plant project to be sped up.

Chung visited the construction site of the key national project, which is expected to be operational by 2020, in Gia Lam district on March 1.

The project is vital to the city’s sustainable water supply system, capable of providing a stable and long-term source of clean water for Hanoians, he said.

Hanoi authorities highly value enterprises that make significant investment to improve local infrastructure and create jobs, the city’s leader noted.

He affirmed that the city will work with the Duong River Surface Water Plant JSC and help the firm complete the project on schedule.

He also urged the company to ensure the project’s technical quality and effectively operate the plant once it is put into use to supply clean water for about 3 million people living in the east side of Hanoi.

Chairman of the Duong River Surface Water Plant JSC Do Thi Kim Lien said many engineers and workers are working day and night at the construction site to finish the project’s first phase in October.

Located on nearly 61.5 hectares, the plant will be developed in three phases to provide clean water for the city’s northeast districts (Long Bien, Gia Lam, Dong Anh, Soc Son and industrial parks along Road 179); south districts (Hoang Mai, Thanh Tri, Thuong Tin and Phu Xuyen) and neighbouring provinces like Bac Ninh, Hung Yen, and Hai Duong.

The first phase, which will cost about 5 trillion VND (225 million USD) and have capacity of 300,000 cu.m per day.

The plant’s capacity is expected to reach 600,000 cu.m per day by 2030 and 900,000 cu.m per day by 2050.

Its clean-water piping system is the longest and most intricate in the country, running 76km with two river-crossing sections over the Hong (Red) and Duong rivers, and various sections running through railways, national and provincial roads.-VNA