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Gia Lai should be driving force of Central Highlands by 2030: PM

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Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính meets with top officials of the Party Committee of the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai on Sunday. — VNA/ Photo Văn Điệp

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS — Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính on Sunday met with leaders of Gia Lai to review the Central Highlands province’s socio-economic development in 2021 and plans for the future.

The meeting took place in Pleiku City, with Government leaders and Gia Lai’s top officials.

The officials reported on the province’s past development and proposed new projects to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Reviewing Gia Lai’s achievements and challenges in 2021, Hồ Văn Niên, secretary of the provincial Party Committee, said they were able to reach the “dual goal” of keeping up economic growth while dealing with COVID-19.

This was illustrated in its Gross Regional Domestic Product (GRDP) increasing by 9.71 per cent compared to 2020, he said. The production value of agriculture, forestry and fishery reached VNĐ49.60 trillion (US$2.14 billion), up 13.99 per cent from 2020.

The province’s competitiveness index (PCI) in 2021 ranked second in the Central Highlands region and 26th nationwide, up 12 places compared to 2020, Nên added.

Its cultural values were preserved and promoted, and the healthcare and education systems were improved for the benefit of the people, especially those living in distant and remote areas.

The official also addressed some development projects that the province would like to carry out in the future. They include the construction of the Peiku–Quy Nhơn Expressway, the Ia Mơ irrigation system, as well as measures to attract official development aid for some other traffic and irrigation projects.

Pleiku City, the capital of Gia Lai Province. The Central Highlands province has a strategic geographical position in the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia development triangle area. — VNA/ Photo Phan Nguyên

Speaking at the meeting, PM Chính highlighted the advantages of Gia Lai’s geological location, which is a mountainous province, bordering Cambodia on the west. This is a strategic position in terms of economy, defence and security, the centre of the Việt Nam–Laos–Cambodia Development Triangle Area, he said.

Gia Lai is the second largest province in the country by nature, has a long tradition, rich history, and is full of patriotic residents, the PM added.

“This is a valuable heritage, a fundamental resource for Gia Lai to develop rapidly and sustainably,” he said.

The Government leader applauded the province’s achievements in 2021, but also addressed the challenges it needs to overcome. They include slow disbursements of public investment capital; poor land, mineral resources and forest management; and limited control of social order and safety in some areas. 

He asked Gia Lai to continue to abide by the Resolution of the 13th Party Congress and Resolution of the provincial Party Congress, take advantage of its potential and resources, and strive to become a driving force in the Central Highlands region by 2030.

He also asked the province to focus on implementing the National Assembly’s and Government’s resolutions on COVID-19 prevention and control, and socio-economic recovery and development.

It also needs to accelerate economic restructuring in association with transforming growth models, applying science and technology, promoting innovation, and improving labour productivity, the PM said.

Gia Lai must also be determined to improve the business and investment environment, he stressed, by continuing to upgrade the indicators of administrative reform and competitiveness, promoting digital transformation, and developing quality human resources.

He added that the province needs to strengthen its defence and security capabilities, maintain political security, social order and safety, as well as being proactive in international integration, and improve its relationships with provinces in southern Laos and northeast Cambodia.

The PM gave his approval to the province’s plans for more development projects and asked different sectors to collaborate with Gia Lai authorities to implement them.

“I suggest Gia Lai be more confident and more self-reliant, keep promoting their internal strengths, choose the right things to do, and finish what they start, for a rapid and sustainable development,” he said. 

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Hanoi streets flooded by massive rainstorm

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A downpour with a massive volume of rain battered Hanoi on Monday evening and resulted in large-scale flooding that lasted until late at night.

Information from the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company showed that the downpour lashed the capital city from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, while showers lingered until late at night.

The highest rainfall was recorded at 245 millimeters in Dong Anh District, while rain volumes of 115 to 190 millimeters were reported in Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, and Cau Giay Districts.

People travel in heavy rain on a street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

People travel in heavy rain on a street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

The rain caused serious flooding on many streets in multiple districts.

Among them, streets such as Thuy Khue, Do Duc Duc, Vuong Thua Vu, Nguyen Trai, Hoa Bang, Phan Van Truong, Minh Khai, and Hoa Bang were submerged under rainwater as high as 0.2-0.3 meters.

The inundation posed a lot of challenges for commuters as it caused numerous motorbikes and cars to break down.

A resident pushes a broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

A resident pushes a broken-down motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

On Thanh Nien Street, a tree was uprooted by strong gusts and fell onto a car, but no one was harmed in the incident.

The flooding was so serious that multiple streets in Cau Giay, Nam Tu Liem, Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, and Ha Dong Districts were still submerged as of Monday night.

Traffic congestion and flooding occur at the Lieu Gia-Dao Tan Intersection in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Traffic congestion and flooding occur at the Lieu Giai-Dao Tan Intersection in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Hanoi is still submerged as of 9:20 pm on July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Hanoi was still submerged as of 9:20 pm on July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A resident rides a motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A resident rides a motorbike on a flooded street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Motorbikes break down due to the serious flooding in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

An uprooted tree falls on a car on Thanh Nien Street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

An uprooted tree falls on a car on Thanh Nien Street in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Nam Tran / Tien Phong

A serious traffic jam in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

A serious traffic jam in Hanoi, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Employees of the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company are mobilized to alleviate the flooding, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Employees of the Hanoi Sewerage and Drainage Company are mobilized to alleviate the flooding, July 5, 2022. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

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Hanoi to build $4.3mn road tunnel through Red River dyke

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The Hanoi People’s Committee has approved the feasibility report for a project to develop a road tunnel passing through the Red River dyke system and Tran Quang Khai Street in Hoan Kiem District with at an estimated cost of VND100 billion (US$4.3 million).

As per the feasibility report, the road tunnel project, connecting Tran Nguyen Han and Chuong Duong Do Streets, will allow both pedestrians and vehicles to pass through when it is in place. 

The project is expected to help ease traffic congestion in the area and ensure safety for road users.

The investor of the project is the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District. 

The tunnel project was designed to be 18.25 meters wide, 3.2 meters high, and 15.7 meters long.

The outside of the body and arches of the tunnel will be decorated to match the surrounding architecture.

Two lanes of the elevated section of Tran Quang Khai Street passing through the peak of the tunnel will be expanded. 

The elevated section of the street will be connected to Chuong Duong Do Street and a section of Tran Quang Khai Street on the ground. 

The project will be conducted from 2022 to 2024.

The tunnel project was originally meant to be completed on October 10, 2019 to celebrate the capital’s liberation (October 10, 1954) when the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem District was chosen as the investor in 2018. 

On October 19, 2015, the Hanoi administration issued a statement negotiating with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on the design of the tunnel project linking Tran Nguyen Han and Chuong Duong Do Streets. 

The project was planned to be mainly developed southward to minimize site clearance.

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Construction waste dumping recurs in Hanoi

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Waste from construction projects is being abandoned without permission at vacant lots in many districts across Hanoi as the issue remains unresolved.

The waste varies from debris and rocks to used furniture.

Wherever it piles up, household waste follows suit just a few days later.

“On sunny days, the stench permeates my store, while on rainy days, the dumped garbage bags float on the road,” said Nguyen Hoang Anh, the 42-year-old owner of a beer store on Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District. 

“We tried to find the litterers but could not catch them because they often dump the waste before dawn when few people are on the street.”

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Duong Dinh Nghe Street in Cau Giay District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

It is not only the empty land on Duong Dinh Nghe Street and those belonging to the nearby Nam Trung residential area, but many other vacant lots in Ba Dinh, Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, and Hoang Mai Districts have also been forced into garbage dumps by litterers.

Hang, who has worked as a sanitation worker in Hanoi for ten years, said that she and her colleagues had no choice but to collect the dumped construction waste though that is not a part of their job.

“There are days that we have to collect several metric tons of construction waste,” Hang said.

“But that is without extra pay.”

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Pham Hung Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Construction waste is dumped at an empty field along Pham Hung Street in Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

“Hanoi still does not have a construction waste treatment plant,” a representative of the municipal construction department told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper during a discussion on Monday.

The process of handling construction waste includes crushing them, with the authorities still pondering how to use the output of the crushing stage, according to the officer.

Sanitation workers collect construction waste in Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

Sanitation workers collect construction waste in Hanoi. Photo: Q. The / Tien Phong

In the meantime, the municipal People’s Committee has passed the responsibility of tackling construction waste dumping down to district-level administrations.

While newspapers have often reported the dumping and had district-level leaders pledge to solve the issue, piles of construction waste reappear every time.

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