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Workers in need of affordable social housing

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An affordable social housing zone in Định Hòa Ward, Thủ Dầu Một City, in the southern province of Bình Dương. VNA/ Photo Chí Tưởng

BÌNH DƯƠNG — Nguyễn Thị Huệ Lan wants to buy an affordable social house, but she has been unable to access the market.

Lan is from the southern province of Bình Phước but has lived and worked for many years in Thủ Dầu Một City, Bình Dương Province.

After saving for a long time, Lan is looking to buy a social house this month as her long-time residence. But she has found that many of them already have owners and new projects are not yet ready.

Hữu Phước, from Bến Tre Province though now in Bình Dương Province, said that he has recently moved into a new 30-sq.m social house, which he bought for VNĐ200 million (US$8,500).

In order to buy the house, Phước had to sign up a year ago. Workers cannot buy houses without waiting as the demand for social houses was very high. All social houses are sold right after being built.

Phước said that social houses used to be sold at VNĐ100 million ($4,200), which is suitable for low-income workers, but prices have risen since. The reason for house price increases is that construction materials have increased, pushing up social house prices and making it more difficult for low-income workers to access the market.

Bùi Minh Trí, the head of the Bình Dương Management Board of Industrial Zones, told Vietnam News Agency that the province had 28 industrial zones attracting more than 1.5 million workers, mainly from other provinces. Therefore, housing demand is very high.

The province has implemented many policies to build thousands of social houses at reasonable prices for employees, to create favourable conditions to live and work in the province.

Bình Dương Province has invested in 86 social house projects over nearly 200ha. However, this is not enough to meet demand.

Phạm Ngọc Thuận, general director of the Investment and Industrial Development Corporation (often called Becamex IDC) said that the province had completed 47,500 social houses for workers and low-income people. However, as demand is still very high, the project could not keep up with the people’s needs.

At present, Becamex IDC is building 20,000 social houses in Thuận An City, Thủ Dầu Một City, Bến Cát Town and Bàu Bàng District with a total investment of about VNĐ9.5 trillion ($405.8 million). The first stage is scheduled to be completed at the beginning of next year.

The houses will be sold for between VNĐ120-500 million ($5,100-21,300) each, depending on area and type. Workers can also hire them out for VNĐ750,000 ($32) per house per month.

Bình Dương Province is striving to build one million social houses for workers in the period 2021-25, with a vision to 2030.

Director of the provincial Department of Construction Võ Hoàng Ngân said that the province plans to have one million social houses for workers to create better living conditions for them.

The lease and sale of social houses are managed based on regulations.

The department encouraged boarding house owners to upgrade their houses to the department’s standards to raise workers’ living conditions.

People borrowing money to build or repair boarding houses will receive preferential policies.

Chairman of the Bình Dương People’s Committee Võ Văn Minh said that as the province developed industrial production, social housing for low-income people was very important and has received much consideration from the province.

The province encourages people to invest in building social houses to make stable residences for workers.

In the northern province of Thái Nguyên, where around 200,000 workers live in industrial zones, more than 60 per cent of workers come from other provinces, meaning the demand for social houses is always high.

Trịnh Việt Hùng, chairman of the Thái Nguyên People’s Committee, said that the province now had 50 places approved to build social houses.

However, he said, it was difficult to implement the project because capital from the State budget was limited.

The province has called for investors to join the work of building social houses for workers.

On the other hand, the province will also have supportive policies for workers to buy social houses with preferential interest rates from banks.

It is scheduled that in August this year, the province will have started two social housing projects of more than 1,600 houses.

By the end of last year, Việt Nam completed 266 social house projects with more than 142,000 houses, with a total area of more than 7.1 million square metres. —

 

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1205734/workers-in-need-of-affordable-social-housing.html

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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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