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Minister proposes strict punishments on polluters of Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:48 am

Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Pham Khoi Nguyen has called for urgent action and severe penalties on plants that are polluting the waters of the Dong Nai River.

Many factories along the Dong Nai River pour liquid waste into the water, causing heavy pollution to the river

He made the statement at yesterday’s meeting with 12 riparian provinces to seek drastic measures to save the river, which is the main water resource for 12 riparian provinces within that area.
The minister said polluting plants should be penalized by law, suspended, closed or even asked to relocate.
Provincial and municipal administrators have to monitor tightly the use of fertilizers and insecticides, he said, adding that eco-friendly and hi-tech agricultural models need to be encouraged.
Mr. Nguyen emphasized that the river is a vital part of the region and that all effort should be made to preserve this important source of water supply to the provinces.
All socio-economic activities of the provinces depended on the river, he added.
Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, asked the city’s relevant agencies to coordinate closely with other 11 provinces to keep watch on the discharge of waste into the river to prevent pollution.
He said if the river is not protected, it will have bad impacts on production and living conditions.
Hoang Duong Tung, director of the Center for Environmental Monitoring, said an average of 4.7 million cubic meters of wastewater is being discharged daily into the river, and 1.9 million cubic meters of that happens to be industrial wastewater.
Most of the wastewater is not treated before it flows into the river, he added.
Mr. Tung said about one-third of industrial parks and export processing zones has wastewater treatment systems, and only 14 percent of 300 enterprises in Binh Duong Province have been cleared of following environmental protection norms.
The concentration of pollutants in the river has by now exceeded permitted levels within the last five years, he said.
In the Saigon river the pollution level is so high that the water can’t be treated for household consumption, he added.

Source: SGGP

Company gold exploitation cuts Dakrong River into small bits

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

The Construction Limited Company No.9 has made the Dakrong River deformed since it was licensed to exploit gold in the Dakrong District, the central province of Quang Tri in November.

The Construction Company No.9 has made the Dakrong River an ‘environmental mess’ while mining for gold in the central province of Quang Tri (Photo: SGGP)

The river section through Huc Nghi Commune has been badly polluted; as mining work is performed daily from 7am to 10pm.

Dozens of people from Van Kieu commune gathered at the river section to show their displeasure about the company’s operations on December 13.

Ho Van Lien, a local citizen, said the commune has 291 households, with over half of them being very poor.  Their livelihoods relied on farming the fields and sometimes, in their spare time, they did ‘sift for gold’ in the river.

However, now they are prohibited to search for gold by the Huc Nghi Commune People’s Committee. The Construction Company No.9 promised that they would assist the poorer household’s with food. However, so far, the company has not fulfilled this duty.

A reporter from Sai Gon Giai Phong newspaper, witness thousands of tons of soil, stone piles and trenches dumped into the riverbed.  A section of the Ho Chi Minh Highway, which goes through the community, has always been eroded by river water. This is likely to get much worse as the mining continues.

Le Phuoc Chuong, deputy head of Department of Natural Resources and Environment in Dakrong District, said the construction company no.9’s operation on the river has been suspended, for violating environmental regulations.

In a commitment, with the Quang Tri Province People’s Committee, the company was asked to take care of the environment while digging for gold. However, it has just focused on the exploitation of gold and has been careless with how it disposes the sand and soil, dug out from mine.

Additionally, the company was only allowed to use two excavators, but it has been found that over seven excavators have been in operation at the site. 

In trying to explain these discrepancies, regarding mining on the site, company director Truong Duc Hai said, that an hydropower plant is to be built there in 2015 and as a result gold exploration had to be ‘speeded up’.

Source: SGGP

City calls on Gov’t to halt 20 hydropower projects on Dong Nai River

In Uncategorized on November 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Bridge crossing Po Ko River opens

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 4:55 am

More river tours to be launched in HCMC

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Giant fish caught in Mekong River

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

Section of Hong River dyke falls into river

In Uncategorized on October 19, 2010 at 4:19 pm

A section of Hong River dyke dropped into the river in Phu Thinh Ward, Son Tay town, Hanoi this early morning, bringing about three factories and two excavators.

The landside occurring on Hong River dyke is not likely to be over after a 150 meters section falls into the river in Phu Thinh Ward, Son Tay town on Monday (Photo: Dan Tri)

The landslide section was about 150 meters in length and 90 meters in weight.

For safety, chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao the same day ordered Son Tay town authorities to evacuate residents and their properties out of the landslide prone area, closely monitor and timely inform the landslide condition.

The Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development should immediately work with its ministry to do surveys, seek for reasons and give measures to handle the issue.

Source: SGGP

Boating on Mekong River

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:02 am

Boating on Mekong River

QĐND – Monday, September 13, 2010, 20:35 (GMT+7)


Traveling by ater-way is one of the unique advantages of Mekong Delta provinces. Recently, cruise tours on Mekong River, a new tourist product in the region have attracted more visitors.

The Mekong Tourism Association said that the region has a potential in water-way travel but it has not yet been developed due to the lack of standardised tourism infrastructure and services.

It is difficult to find good hotels in the region even in Can Tho City because there are only a few five star hotels.

In addition, tourist services in rural areas remain poor so tourists have to return to Ho Chi Minh City instead of staying there for longer holidays.

Touring on small boats and ships along the Mekong River, tourist can enjoy traditional singing or visit floating markets and tourist places.

However, the tours on these boats are always launched over a short time and some boats are lacking in basic safety equipment.

The appearance of luxurious cruises creates a new character on the rivers in the region. Bassac Cruise is one of the oldest cruises in the region.

At present, there are more cruises on the rivers such as Mekong Eyes, Mekong Feeling, Pandaw Cruiser, La Marguerite, La Cochinchine and others. They are equipped with modern facilities and provide high standard of services to visitors.

Visitors on these cruises can enjoy both Western and Vietnamese dishes and typical food in the region.

These cruises can offer different entertainment for tourists such as libraries, entertainment rooms and cafes and, importantly, cruises are equipped with safety equipment. Visitors can take part in sporting activities such as canoeing, rowing, kayaking or cycling bikes to explore the region.

These cruises also offer 7-8 day tours from Vietnam to Cambodia upon tourists’ demand.

New tourist products on the Mekong Delta region are expected to attract a lot of tourists in the coming time.

Source: DNSG

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 7:20 pm

HCM City mulls expanding river tour to Mekong Delta, Cambodia

QĐND – Friday, July 30, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

The government of HCMC has assigned its tourism department to survey a river tour linking the city with the Mekong Delta and the neighboring country of Cambodia. Tour operators, while applauding the plan, say the more urgent task should be to develop a wharf in the city for tourist boats first.

Under the city government’s instruction, the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will draft an action plan this year to develop the river tour taking tourists from HCMC to the Mekong Delta province of An Giang and Cambodia.

The department is responsible for planning river routes for tourists, and discussing details as such with relevant departments and tour operators before submitting the plan to the city’s government.

The city’s tourism department said it would launch surveys next month to find suitable routes for tourists and consider services needed for the city’s river tourism.

Earlier, the department ascertained huge potential in river tourism after making surveys on two short routes, with one starting from Bach Dang Wharf to the confluence of Nha Be, and from the wharf to Tau Hu Canal.

Asked to comment on the expanded river tourism, most tour operators told the Daily they supported the scheme, but decried the lack of a wharf for tourist boats. They called for quick development of such a wharf.

There are around 20 tourist boats, floating restaurants, and canoes operating at the Bach Dang Wharf in the city’s District 1. At the wharf, such boats can drop anchor at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard and the end of Hai Ba Trung Street to receive guests but cannot be moored there for a long time because space is limited.

Furthermore, as Bach Dang Wharf is not a tourist wharf so it lacks services for guests as well as places for tourist buses to drop by.

Chiem Thanh Long, director of Binh Quoi Tourist Village, told the Daily that Binh Quoi had canceled its plan to build a big floating restaurant due to the lack of a venue to anchor.

“There is no place for new tourist boats. I think that the most important activity for the river tourism development plan is to build a tourist wharf in the city,” he said.

Binh Quoi currently has six boats and canoes operating on the river section between Binh Quoi and Bach Dang Wharf.

The tourism department estimated foreign arrivals in the city this month at around 188,000, up 20% year-on-year but down around 12,000 compared to June as now is the low season of the inbound sector. Tourism revenue is expected at VND2.7 trillion this month, up 15% year-on-year, bringing the total in the January-July period to over VND21.2 trillion.

Source: VietNamNet/SGT

Source: QDND

Relevant agencies tardy in saving Dong Nai River: city mayor

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan complained at a meeting relevant agencies have been tardy to implement measures to save the Sai Gon River, stressing the river is the main water supply for 140 industrial and processing parks in the city and nearly 16 million residents.

A section of Dong Nai River in the southern province of DOng Nai’s district Vinh Cuu (Photo: Bao Uyen)

The conference, held by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on July 29, met to discuss measures to protect Sai Gon River. Pollution in the Dong Nai River, the main water source for millions of people in the southern region, was a hot topic again at a recent working session of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on the day.

Vo Quang Chau, Deputy General Director of the Saigon Water Corporation (SAWACO), warned that the quality of the river’s water was deteriorating. The warning was based on statistics from regular Sai Gon and Dong Nai water tests conducted in July. Test results confirmed that water quality failed to meet the national standards and low salinity levels further complicates matters.

A representative from the center’s Drainage System Management Office told the meeting that half of city canals discharge waste into the river, worsening the situation. The dumping of industrial and household refuse and wastewater into the river has overrun it with harmful elements, including bacteria and ammonia, at levels ten times higher than regulations permit.

Moreover, recent illegal methodologies, such as to discharge untreated waste have become more difficult to detect, Environment Police complained. Most factories have secretly discharged waste underground.

In addition, the overlapped management of rivers and canals and the granting of licenses between ministries and departments made have rendered management efforts ineffective.

Mr. Quan ordered the city Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE) to set up a steering committee on water protection to manage river and canal water quality, as well as grant discharge licenses to enterprises. The committee must also closely cooperate with provincial local governments to oversee the wastewater discharges.

Nguyen Van Phuoc, deputy head of DoNRE, said they would release a list of factories that are releasing pollution into the river, threatening to impose severe penalties on violating firms. In addition, the city will build more automatic water monitoring systems along the river, as well as raise residents’ awareness of environment protection.

The city major asked the Environmental Police to work out regulations to shut down factories that have repeatedly committed violations for one to three three months or in severe cases, forever. All departments must begin implementing measures to save the dying river by September.

The 437-kilometer Dong Nai River, which supplies water to around 15 million people, originates in Lam Dong Province’s Lang Biang highlands and flows toward the East Sea through 12 provinces in the country. In 2005, Dak Nong, Dak Lak, Lam Dong, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, Binh Phuoc, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Long An and Tay Ninh provinces pledged to impose harsh penalties on companies causing pollution, to force 70 percent of industrial parks to construct waste treatment systems in 2007. However, as yet, this pledge has not been fulfilled.

Source: SGGP