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Ho Chi Minh City dredges polluted canal

Ho Chi Minh City dredges polluted canal

Saturday, October 03, 2020, 10:13 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City dredges polluted canal
Workers dredge Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Th. Giang / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transportation on Thursday kicked off a project to dredge the iconic Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal to improve the city’s drainage system.

Sanitation workers will dredge a section of approximately 5.8-kilometers of the canal spanning from Le Van Sy Bridge to the junction of the Saigon River.

They will remove around 33 thousand metric tons of garbage in the area measuring 15 meters wide and 3.3 meters high.

Dredged sludge will be transferred to the Da Phuoc waste treatment complex for treatment.

The city has not cleaned up the canal for a decade, making garbage and sediment to build up and block the drainage flow.

A section from Ut Tich Street to Le Van Sy Street along Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal looks greener after being dredged. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre

A section from Ut Tich Street to Le Van Sy Street along Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe Canal looks greener after being dredged. Photo: Van Binh / Tuoi Tre

The project will support water flow, improve drainage capacity, and reduce flooding and bad odor, said the sanitation unit.

Residents living along the canal have been suffering the stench for years while a vast number of fish often go belly-up on the canal during rainy seasons.

The Ho Chi Minh City Water Transportation Management Center required the sanitary unit to apply the Effective Microorganisms (EM) cleaning technology to maximize the result of the project.

The project is expected to be complete in December.

Earlier, a dredging project on a section in Tan Binh District in February brought about positive results.

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