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HMC City launches second phase of sanitation project worth $524 million

The Ho Chi Minh City has started the launch of the second phase of an environmental sanitation project estimated to cost more than US$524 million, Viet Nam News Online reported on Monday.

Under the project, a pipeline about eight kilometres long with diameter of 3.2 metres will be installed to carry wastewater from the eastern side of the Sai Gon River to the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe wastewater treatment plant in District 2. In addition, sewer networks and connections to households will be built in parts of District 2.

With an 8.3-km pipeline already laid in the first phase, the total length will increase to 16.3 km. The second phase will also see the construction of another wastewater treatment plant to be built in District 2.

With a capacity to treat 480,000 cubic metres a day, the plant which is scheduled to be completed in 2020 will be the largest in the country.

The World Bank will loan Vietnam $450 million out of a total construction cost of $524 million with the rest, $74 million, to be funded by HMC City.

The project is expected to improve the environment of HMC by treating wastewater, strengthen institutional capacity to manage sanitation and wastewater treatment and increase public awareness of the benefits of improved sanitation practice.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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