VietNamNet Bridge – After nearly ten years, the project to improve the hygiene and environment of Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal, which is considered the dirtiest canal in HCM City has finished.
HCM City authorities on August 18 inaugurated the first phase of the project. The ceremony had the presence of President Truong Tan Sang.
According to the HCM City Department of Transport, since the 90s the city had decided to convert the canal area as a focal point of HCM City, but at that time so many poor migrants moved to inhabit the area and built temporary houses, with all their waste flowing directly into the canal.
This added to the pollution levels of the canal and over the years, the canal water became black, grimy and let out a perpetual stench.
From 1993-1998, HCM City cleared away thousands of low-roofed temporary house structures and made way for roads along the canal.
The environmental project to clean-up the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal kicked off in 2003 at a total cost of US$317 million, which included equipment to dredge the canal, install a drainage system, and upgrade Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Streets, making them among the most beautiful streets in HCMC.
The rows of trees and ornamental plants have already begun to green the streets, planted at a cost of VND400 billion (US$20,000).
HCM City’s Chairman Le Hoang Quan said this environmental project to clean-up the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal will help in reducing pollution in the City and contribute towards raising people’s living standards in Districts 1,3, Tan Binh, Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan, as well as ease traffic congestion in these areas.
Some pictures of the present Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal:
Compiled by Nam Nguyen