Ho Chi Minh City has demanded two highly polluting factories to relocate out of the city as the authorities strived to fix its environmental problems.
Ha Tien Cement Company will have to start relocating its factory in Thu Duc District by July 25 and close down the facility by year-end, local media reported Friday.
The cement factory, which occupied a 104-hectare area, has been asked to relocate from residential area since 2003.
Tat Thanh Cang, Vice Chairman of the HCMC People's Committee, was quoted as saying that the factory's pollution has become worse, and it will be shut down if it fails to relocate.
He also asked the environment authorities to force the Bio-Chemical Fertilizer and Materials Company to relocate from its current location in Cu Chi District.
According to the city’s environment department, 698 businesses in the city will have to relocate because either they cause pollution or their operation does not suit the city’s urban development.