Vietnam metro plans lots of roadwork in 2011

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Utility developers in Ho Chi Minh City plan to dig up another 343 kilometers of streets this year, officials said.

Many fear that the work will add to the city's abundant corrugated green construction fencing that is a notorious hassle for city commuters and business owners.

On Thursday, the city Transport Department announced that the Saigon Water Corporation (Sawaco) will dig up more than 310 kilometers to install new drainage pipes in Districts 12, Go Vap, Tan Phu, Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh and Nha Be on the city's outskirts and replace the old ones in several downtown districts.

The HCMC Power Company said they'd tear up 15.3 kilometers of roadways to bury electrical wires in Districts 3, 5, 6, 10 and 11. Workers on the urban and hygiene projects plan to excavate more than ten kilometers in downtown HCMC.

Some digging will be done as part of the flood prevention project and urban traffic management project in the city, which are expected to finish by the end of the year.

Telecommunication firms are going to do some digging this year, as well, but they have not submitted specific plans to the Transport Department.

Officials from the department said that green fences surrounding work sites on several streets have been removed in the past couple days.

The department ordered the removal of green fences on more than 30 streets, by January 26, to facilitate transportation and give the city a better face during Tet, which begins February 3.

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