Several waste water treatment plants at nearly half of the industrial clusters in Hanoi have not reached their expected efficiency, posing serious threats to the local environment.
While existing treatment stations have been functioning poorly, other facilities have not even been put into operation ever since their construction completion.
A recent inspection by the municipal People’s Council showed that 19 out of 43 industrial clusters in the Vietnamese capital do not have specialized facilities for wastewater treatment.
A total of eight treatment plants have not been operated although their construction has been completed, namely those located in Duyen Thai industrial cluster in Thuong Tin District, Nguyen Khe cluster in Dong Anh District, Bat Trang in Gia Lam District, and some others.
At an industrial zone in Tan Trieu Commune, Thanh Tri District, a waste treating plant was built in 2007 but has not been able to function even once.
Such facilities at some other clusters have been designed without automatic monitoring systems as per regulations.
Meanwhile, all liquid waste of factories in Lien Trung Commune, Dan Phuong District, has been discharged directly into the environment.
Multiple industrial clusters have signed commitment to soon comply with the regulations on environmental protection but have yet to fulfill the promise.
According to Nguyen Nguyen Quan, head of the Urban Committee under the Hanoi People’s Council, the municipal Department of Construction and Department of Natural Resources and Environment have been ordered to make a comprehensive report of the situation.
Those businesses responsible shall be sternly penalized, Quang stated.