Households in HCM City were inundated (Photo: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on December 17 chose Trungnam Group to implement the phase 1 of a project to control flooding caused by tides in the City.

The project will be implemented from 2015 -2018 in the form of the public-private partnership (Build-Transfer) with a total investment capital of over 9.9 trillion VND (444 million USD) and spread across Districts 1, 4, 7, 8, Nha Be and Binh Chanh.

The project will build six tide-controlling sluices naming Ben Nghe, Tan Thuan, Phu Xuan, Muong Chuoi, Cay Kho, Phu Dinh, and three pumping stations in Ben Nghe, Tan Thuan and Phu Dinh sluices.

It also includes the construction of a 7.8-kilometre-long dyke in the section of the Saigon River from Vam Thuat to Song Kinh and 25 culverts under the dyke from Vam Thuat to Muong Chuoi.

A central management building and a system for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) are also components of the project.

According to Trungnam Group, upon the completion in 2018, the project would help the core part of the city with around 6.5 million people better respond to flooding.

The project also helps regulate the water level in canals that would improve the city’s drainage capacity, landscape and water environment.

According to statistics from the city, from 2011-2014, there were 76 tides with their peaks exceeding 1.5m, which is higher than 63.5 percent of the city area.-VNA