Over $6 million proposal to tackle flooding in Tan Son Nhat airport

The city's Steering Center of the Urban Flood Control Program has proposed an investment of VND150 billion ($6.45 million) for canal upgrading project, the center announced yesterday.

A section of Hy Vong canal (Photo: SGGP)
A section of Hy Vong canal (Photo: SGGP)

In the recent years, flooding has become a frequent problem and a threat to the aviation safety as dozens of the flight was delayed or forced to land on other airports because of the prevailing situation.

Accordingly, it is urgent to invest VND150 billion (about $6.45 million) taken from the city’s budget on upgrading Hy Vong canal in ward 15, Tan Binh district to improve the flooding situation in Tan Son Nhat international airport and the canal basin, said the Steering Center on August 16.

Subsequently, the city People’s Committee asked the Department of Transport to assess and approve the Hy Vong canal project based on its document in the HCMC flood control program from decision No. 2319/QD issued on May 10, 2016.

Two years ago, the People’s Committee gave approval for the HCMC’s Flood Risk Management Program using Official Development Assistant (ODA) from World Bank.

In this program, the 1882-meter-long Hy Vong canal upgrading project  will cost VND110 billion (about $4.73 million) in the duration of five years (from 2016 to 2011).