Canal resurrection gives Ho Chi Minh City a facelift

By Mai Vong, Thanh Nien News

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Ho Chi Minh City administration on Sunday launched a ceremony to mark the completion of a project to clean and renovate the seriously polluted Tan Hoa - Lo Gom Canal. 
President Truong Tan Sang attended the ceremony and granted a second grade Labor Order to the project management unit for effectively carrying out the project funded by the World Bank.
At the ceremony, the city mayor Le Hoang Quan said the project of dredging the 7.5-kilometer (4.66-mile) canal and upgrading the streets on its sides has completed after three years, improving life quality for more than one million residents.
“The residents used to suffer from frequent inundation and serious pollution,” he said.
“Now, housing values increase, diseases are controlled, social welfare and public services are improved and the region’s face has changed significantly in a short time.”
Victoria Kwakwa, World Bank’s Country Director, highly evaluated the project’s construction, which took only one third of the time needed to restore the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe, another canal in the city.
The Tan Hoa - Lo Gom Canal runs through three southwestern districts of the city before meeting the Tau Hu - Ben Nghe Canal, which runs eastward into the Saigon River.
More than 470,000 residents and 15,000 factories used to discharge wastewater straight into the canal.
The project to renovate the canal cost more than US$166 million, excluding more than VND1.7 trillion for compensation to displaced residents.
It is the third canal being renovated in the city, after the Nhieu Loc - Thi Nghe and the Tau Hu - Ben Nghe.

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