Youth union members and residents in HCM City’s District 9 work together to clean city streets. — Photo nhandan.com.vn HCM CITY — HCM City has reached 12 of its 16 targets in its pollution reduction programme for the 2016-20 period, according to the city’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment. With the largest population in the country, the city is the nation’s economic locomotive but is facing many challenges, including pollution. About 1,300 factories in 18 industrial parks and 3,000 small- and large-scale production establishments outside industrial parks operate in the city. Despite this, the city had achieved positive changes in environmental protection activities, Nguyễn Toàn Thắng, department director, said. Under the five-year programme, the city is focusing on preventing air pollution and managing air quality as well as surface water, ground water and waste. The city regularly dredges and collects waste, water hyacinth and wild grass, helping clear the flow of water and improve hygiene. Authorities also strictly punish anyone who dumps rubbish in unauthorised areas such as sidewalks, roads or the drainage system. The number of industrial establishments treating discharged wastewater has increased to 97 per cent from 85 per cent, with 99 per cent of the total volume of wastewater treated. Ninety-eight per cent of industrial establishments invest in a gas treatment system or use clean fuels (electricity, Diesel Oil and compressed natural gas). And all… Read full this story
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