HCM City has undertaken several measures in recent years to improve its environment.
Nine years ago, authorities drew up a list of 1,600 factories that caused severe pollution, and have since helped many of them relocate to industrial parks like Le Minh Xuan, Tan Tao, and Hiep Phuoc.
The ones that did not move have taken measures to curb pollution or switched to non-polluting activities.
But Tran Nguyen Hien, head of the city’s Environment Protection Sub-department, said while the old factories may have stopped polluting, new ones have appeared, and there are many polluted residential areas.
“The sub-department plans to step up inspections,” he told the daily Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon), adding that companies and other production establishments that violate environmental norms would be shut down.
In the past few years, authorities have also made efforts to improve water quality in the city’s 3,000km of rivers and canals.
When these projects are finished, they will help improve the city’s water environment and beautify landscapes along the canals, especially in the inner districts.
Canals have also been regularly dredged and rubbish along them collected in some areas.
The city has co-operated with neighbouring provinces like Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, Long An, Dong Nai, and Ba Ria – Vung Tau to check environmental pollution.
They have jointly undertaken projects like cleaning up the Ba Bo Canal, preventing pollutants from being released into the Sai Gon and Vam Co Dong rivers and Thay Cai – An Ha Canal, and building a solid-waste treatment plant for HCM City and Long An. — VNS