HCM City urges completion of urban development programmes hinh anh 1HCM City is pushing for the completion of programmes on flood control, traffic congestion, pollution and urban development. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNS/VNA)Ho Chi Minh City should push for completion of programmes on flooding, pollution, traffic congestion and urban renovation, Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, said at a recent meeting.

Tuyen and the members of the steering boards of four city programmes met to discuss ongoing problems and ensure that programmes are completed on time.

The urban renovation and development programme is lagging behind schedule. The city was supposed to complete land clearance and compensation for 20,000 households near and on the city’s canals, but so far only 1,860 households have been relocated, which is only 10 percent of the target.

The urban renovation programme also targets repairing or rebuilding 237 out of 474 old apartment buildings (built before 1975), but only 132 apartments have been repaired and two  rebuilt.

Nguyen Ngoc Tuong, deputy chief of the city’s Traffic Safety Committee, said that although the number of traffic accidents in 2018 had declined compared to 2017, traffic congestion was still a problem throughout the city

Binh Chanh district has the highest rate of traffic accidents (20 percent of the total in the city), while district 9’s Nguyen Duy Trinh street also suffers greatly due to the abundance of large trucks.

Road enlargement and the rerouting of traffic near ports is also important, the district’s People’s Committee said.

Do Tan Long, head of the Steering Centre for the Urban Flood Control Programme’s Drainage System Management Division, said the city would push for completion of seven projects to tackle nine areas suffering from floods, and for projects on four out of nine streets that are often flooded from high tides.

The city said it would invest 7.6 trillion VND (327.7 million USD) in 218 projects this year. However, several projects are facing problems regarding land clearance and canal dredging.

Regarding the pollution programme, Nguyen Toan Thang, Director of the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said that four out of 16 set goals have been met, and 10 are set to be done this year.

Eight of them are on schedule, but the remaining two are unlikely to be done on time, he said.

One of them aims to have 80 percent of urban wastewater collected and processed before discharge, and another targets having 90 percent of industrial gas emissions processed properly.

The city is building three wastewater treatment facilities to raise the amount of collected water from 21 percent to 82 percent, but the facilities will not be able to operate by 2020.

Tuyen told the steering boards to push for the completion of the programmes, stressing that “funds need to be prioritised towards groundbreaking projects”.

The Department of Justice was requested to examine the legality of projects, while the Department of Finance was instructed to conduct price project appraisals as soon as possible to prevent further delays.-VNS/VNA