HCM City set to clear canals


Update: May, 25/2017 – 06:00

Heavy flood on Phan Huy Ích Street, Gò Vấp District after a heavy rain on May 20. VNA/VNS Photo Tuấn Anh
HCM CITY The HCM City People’s Committee has asked district authorities to work with agencies to crack down on illegal encroachment on rivers, canals and the drainage system in an aim to prevent flooding.

Lê Văn Khoa, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said that illegal encroachment on rivers and canals was one of the main causes of serious flooding.

The filling of canals with rubbish and illegal building on waterway banks have slowed canal drainage, he said.

Khoa asked district authorities to work with agencies to strictly punish violators that damage the drainage systems in the city.

He urged district authorities to take serious measures to remove illegal structures and houses on canals to improve drainage and prevent flooding.

While waiting for the relocation, the city has urged districts to propose temporary solutions to tackle flooding during the rainy season and in the future.

In addition, the city has asked the Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme to step up inspections and work with districts to resolve any new encroachment site and report problems to the city People’s Committee.

The centre will provide advice and technical assistance for the districts’ temporary solutions to flooding.

The People’s Committee has also asked the Department of Transport and Department of Construction to direct inspectorates to assist the centre and districts in inspecting and removing construction near canals and other areas.

Flooding has become a critical issue in HCM City despite a large amount of money spent on the problem.

By the end of last year, the number of roads inundated by heavy rains and high tides had reached 59, up from 50 in 2010, 32 in 2011, 21 in 2012, and 50 in 2013, according to a report of the Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme.

Hoàng Minh Trí, deputy chief of the city’s Institute for Development Studies, attributes the problem to rapid urbanisation and mismanagement.

Recently, agencies discovered 87 positions where housing had encroached on canals. Violators were asked to fix problems at the other 58 positions.

Đỗ Tấn Long, head of the Steering Centre of the Urban Flood Control Programme’s Drainage System Management Division, said the chief causes of flooding were the outdated drainage system, which meets only half of demand, and illegal canal encroachment.

Statistics show that nearly 10,000 houses in District 8 and around 2,200 others in District 7 are encroaching on canals.

HCM City has set a target of removing nearly 20,000 makeshift homes along the city’s canals in the next five years.  — VNS  

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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