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$85.6mn canal renovation project proposed to handle flooding at Saigon airport

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 10:32 GMT+7
$85.6mn canal renovation project proposed to handle flooding at Saigon airport
Two women sit by polluted Hy Vong Canal in Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Quang Khai / Tuoi Tre

The Ho Chi Minh City management board of urban infrastructure investment has proposed a plan to upgrade Hy Vong Canal in Tan Binh District, aiming at dealing with flooding at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

According to the proposal put forward to the municipal Department of Construction, the project will affect a section stretching 1,117.5 meters, beginning from Pham Van Bach Street and ending near Tham Luong Canal.

The renovated canal will be 970 meters long, while the parallel drainage embankments on both sides will be 147 meters long.

The whole project will include 55 drainage pits for the retention of rainwater in the basin along both sides of the canal. 

Nine new sluices and two roads of about six meters wide each along both sides of the canal will also be built.

The city’s management board of urban infrastructure investment is seeking approval for the allocation of VND1.98 trillion (US$85.6 million) from the municipal budget for the implementation of the project between 2021 and 2025.

Of that, nearly VND1.6 trillion ($69.2 million) will be spent on the site clearance of over 21,209 square meters of land.

The renovation project is expected to help prevent flooding at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and its vicinity.

The upgrade of Hy Vong Canal was previously included in the city’s flood risk management project, which was approved by the municipal People’s Committee in 2016.

It was projected to get funding from the World Bank, but the international lender stopped sponsoring the project in 2017.

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