The programme, part of activities of the World Bank-funded Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation project will be implemented from 2017 – 2022.
Nguyen Ngoc Ha, Deputy Director of the project management said the campaign will be conducted on a monthly basis, calling on locals to keep the city clean, particularly along the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal, thus promoting tourism on the canal.
As part of the programme, students of local universities will collect garbage and clean Thi Nghe market. Members of the local youth union, police force, associations of women and veterans join in the cleaning campaign, from Thi Nghe bridge to Dien Bien Phu bridge on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa roads.
Nguyen Si Thi, a member of the Da Kao ward youth union, district 1 hopes that the campaign will help send a message to all people in the city, particularly those living near the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe canal, thus encouraging them to keep the city clean.
The project, worth nearly VND20 trillion (US$883.4 million), aims to improve the living environment of over 1.2 million people in the targeted areas. The first phase of the project was implemented from 1999 – 2012. The second phase is underway from 2014-2021.
Under the first phase, a number of flood-proof works were constructed, benefiting 1.2 million people in districts 1, 3, 10, and Phu Nhuan, Tan Binh, Go Vap, and Binh Thanh districts. Wastewater and rainwater was collected in the Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe basin for treatment and released into the Saigon River.
Upgrades, worth over VND554 billion (US$24.47 million) were made to Truong Sa and Hoang Sa roads.
The second phase will focus on recovering the ecosystem and improving environmental sanitation in the basins of the Dong Nai river, Saigon river and Vam Co river.
A wastewater treatment plant will be built in Thanh My Loi ward, district 2 to collect and treat wastewater from Nhieu Loc – Thi Nghe basin. A similar plant will be built to treat wastewater in the basins of Thao Dien, Nam Thao Dien and Binh Trung Dong – Binh Trung Tay in district 2.