Ho Chi Minh City Determines to Carry out Relocation of Polluting Units

Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has just presided over a meeting concluding the relocation of polluting units to industrial zones and neighboring areas. 

Many businesses expressed their concerns to the city leaders. Hoa Binh Fertilizer – the only enterprise in Ho Chi Minh City to receive and treat cesspool wastes with the capacity of around 450 cubic meter per day, Sai Gon Textile Company and other enterprises said that they are having some difficulties in their relocation programs.
However, it cannot be denied that the city leaders made great efforts in the past year to control pollution. Up to now, of 1,398 relocated units and businesses, 1,042 businesses have completed their relocation or transferred to other business activities or terminated their current operation.

Le Minh Xuan Industrial Zone (Binh Chanh District) is building waste water treatment system

The remaining 356 enterprises are having great difficulties in their relocation programs since constructing workshops and investing in technical renovation require hundreds to thousands of billions of VND and in addition to the rearrangement of work for thousands of laborers.

The city has adopted some supporting policies such as allowing businesses established after the 1993 Law on Environmental Protection to enjoy an incentive of 50% compared with the previously established businesses; supporting VND200,000 per square meter of land hiring costs in their new location.

The city has so far spent about VND100 billion on relocation programs. Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan stated that the relocated businesses will contribute to establishing a clean environment for the whole city.

In the coming time, the city will start inspecting and verifying the shuffled enterprises to pave the way for incentive policies. Companies which have not yet moved are forced to apply measures to minimize pollution and deliver their commitments. 

The Ho Chi Minh City authorities announced the planning goals of land use on existing land for businesses; from now to mid-February 2006 officials will check all units and then work with central ministries and branches to speed up the tasks.

Van Minh Hoa – Compiled by Thuy Hang

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