Hanoi tackles sewage in Nhue River hinh anh 1Hanoi authorities carry out measures to improve the Nhue River’s water quality. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi authorities have sped up the construction of waste treatment projects as well as preparing to put new plants into operation.

The 15,000sq.m capacity-per day waste treatment plant in Ho Tay and 13,300sq.m plant near Bay Mau lake are going to open soon, according to Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung.

He also said that the construction of waste treatment stations at handicraft villages of Yen Xa, Phu Do, Duong Lieu, Van Canh and Son Dong had been hastened.

The construction progress of large-scale waste treatment plants that have treated waste discharged from To Lich, Nhue and Day rivers has also been sped up.

The city is upping the dredging of the Nhue river bed to improve inner-city’s drainage system.

The Nhue River crosses several districts including Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Ha Dong, Thuong Tin, Thanh Oai and Phu Xuyen where there has been fast socio-economic development.

Local residents complained of increasing pollution in the Nhue River, particularly the section crossing Thanh Oai district, to the city People’s Committee. They asked local authorities to improve the quality of the water.

In dry-season months, city authorities focused on supplementing water from the Hong (Red) River to the Nhue River, aiming at improving quality of water resource.

The Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee said besides measures from authorities, local people’s awareness must be raised and punishment is needed for those who pollute the river.

A scheme to protect the environment of the Nhue and Day rivers valley approved by the Prime Minister in 2008 has been implemented under city authorities’ guidance.

The operation of the 200,000sq.m capacity-per day Yen So waste treatment plant and two other plants near Kim Lien and Truc Bach rivers has ensured waste treatment has met regulated standards.-VNA