Sewage treatment has become a serious issue forresidents in Hanoi’s Chuong My District despite several temporaryprojects to deal with the issue during the last three years.
|Just 500 metres away, another dump for Dai Yen Commune is in a similar mess. Like in many towns, rubbish heaps are encroaching on adjacent roads.—Photo by Dantri
In many localities, indiscriminate dumping of garbage has createdhealth and environmental problems for residents. People living aroundthe dumping ground outside Chuc Son Town have long complained about theputrid mess and terrible stink.
Just 500 metres away, another dump for Dai Yen Commune is in asimilar mess. Like in many towns, rubbish heaps are encroaching onadjacent roads.
“This dump is also the home of hundreds of mice which are alwaysdamaging the rice crop,” Duong Thi Tam, head of the commune’s farmersassociation told Kinh te&Do thi (Economy and Urban Affairs)newspaper.
“In addition, as the dump is located near Trai and Duong communes, it also affects lives of residents in the area,” she said.
Talks to solve the problem have been held many times, but so far nothing has been achieved, Tam said.
In other areas of the district, such as Dong Phuong Yen and Dong Soncommunes, sewage is disposed on open ground, creating an urgent need fortreatment plant.
According to deputy chairman of the district people’s committee, DoHong Quang, most dumps in the district are not managed or treated withchemicals.
A project to form temporary rubbish dumps has been carried out in the district since 2009.
So far, 37 temporary sites have been constructed, fulfilling 74 per cent of the district’s initial target
However, some communes still show a lack of responsibility in implementing the project.
For instance, at the beginning of 2012, Tien Phuong Commune was givenVND650 million (US$31,000) to build a temporary dumping site of 800square metre in area.
Local residents raised objections to the dump, which had not gone ahead. This was a waste of State budget money, said Quang.
Temporary dumping sites, which are only holes lined with waterproofmaterial, have shortcomings, according to Nguyen Minh Ngoc, head of thedistrict department of natural resources and environment.
The department suggested the district construct dumping grounds with concrete walls.