HCMC moots $49 million dredging of Soai Rap River

HCMC wants the Transport Ministry to spend VND1,135 billion ($49 million) over five years to dredge the Soai Rap River and facilitate waterway transportation.

Vietnam, Vietnam biggest city, HCMC, Soai Rap River, HCMC port, HCMC waterway

The average sedimentation volume of the river over the past five years is about two to three million cubic meters each year, and it is necessary to remove sediments and debris from its bed to maintain the depth of navigation channels and ensure safe passage of boats and ships with loading capacities of 30,000 to 50,000 tons, the municipal Department of Transport has said in its proposal to the city administration.

Soai Rap is a distributor of the Saigon and Dong Nai river systems. It flows through HCMC and the provinces of Long An and Tien Giang before reaching the sea.

The department says it would need VND227 billion each year over the next five years for the dredging project, but adds that the transport ministry has to do it because it is currently in charge of transportation on the Soai Rap River.

The city estimates that about 120-150 million tons of goods will be transported per year via the Soai Rap River by 2025 and the revenue generated thus in the 2015-2025 period would range between VND580,000 and 720,400 billion.

The river has been dredged once earlier. A section 54 km (33.5 miles) meters long with a total water surface area of 1,308 hectares (3,232 acres) in HCMC, Long An, and Tien Giang was dredged in 2014.

A 2014 dredging project costing VND2.8 trillion, of which VND624 billion was contributed by HCMC and the rest sourced as official development assistance from Belgium was completed.

In late 2015, HCMC had asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to seek ODA and other funding sources to continue dredging the river, but this was turned down.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Rubber Group to sell all 10.7 million shares in SIP

Phuoc Dong Industrial Park, operated by Sai Gon VRG Investment Corporation (SIP), is located in the heart of Tay Ninh Province, the junction between HCM City and Phnom Penh. — Photo ndh.vn The... Read more »

Huawei Viet Nam launches Seeds for the Future 2020 programme

Vietnamese ICT outstanding students can learn the latest technologies such as 5G, AI, cloud computing, IoT from the Seeds for the Future 2020 programme. — Photo courtesy of Huawei Huawei Viet Nam has... Read more »

Singapore-based UOB helps lure US$1.12 billion in FDI to Vietnam

This comes on top of over US$2.24 billion that was already secured by the UOB to Vietnam as the bank helps companies seize opportunities in the region’s fastest-growing economy. Read more »

UNICEF to give therapeutic food to Vietnamese children

UNICEF will distribute 10 tonnes of ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to support children in the central region which was recently severely hit by storms and floods. UNICEF will distribute 10 tonnes of ready-to-use... Read more »

More Vietnamese in Brunei repatriated

Nearly 180 Vietnamese people were flown home today, November 27, from Brunei. Nearly 180 Vietnamese people return home from Brunei on November 27. Photo by VOV. Vietnamese authorities, the Vietnamese Embassy in Brunei,... Read more »

Vietnam records eight new Covid-19 imported cases

Eight returnees from four countries were confirmed Vietnam’s latest Covid-19 cases Friday afternoon, taking the nation’s active case count to 131. Read more »

More Vietnamese female officers to join UN peacekeeping ranks: defense ministry

The Ministry of National Defense is considering increasing the number of female officers among United Nations (UN) peacekeeping personnel. Read more »

“Run for the Heart” race to be held online

The 8th “Run for the Heart” race, an annual event to support disadvantaged children with congenital heart diseases, is taking place online this year. — Photo courtesy of Gamuda Gamuda Land and Heartbeat... Read more »

Vietnam records eight new Covid-19 cases on Friday, tally reaches 1,339

Five Vietnamese people, two Russian and a Japanese nationals who recently arrived in Vietnam have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, raising the total number of Covid-19 patients in the country to 1,339, the Ministry... Read more »

National Assembly Chairwoman receives outgoing Cuban Ambassador

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan on Friday hosted Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera, who came to say goodbye before ending her term in Vietnam. Read more »