Hanoi discusses measures to address environmental issues in rural areas (09:06 30/09/2020)

HNP - Hanoi’s Steering Committee on Program No.02 held a conference on September 29, discussing measures to address environmental issues in rural areas in the city. 

At the conference, Permanent Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Van Suu said four million people live in the rural area of  Hanoi, accounting for over 60% of total workforce and contributing significantly to the development of Hanoi. 
As of the end of 2020, Hanoi is set to have 10 districts and 371 communes qualified for new-style rural areas, or 96.1% of the total. As a result, the city would achieve the target  two years in advance and stay at the top of the country in terms of number of communes qualified for new-style rural areas. 
However, there remain issues that need to be addressed, including environmental protection and wastewater treatment, among others. 
Currently, Hanoi has 1,350 craft villages that require  drastic measures to mitigate environmental pollution. 
Director of Hanoi’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Chu Phu My said industrial parks and craft villages help create jobs for millions of people, while revenue from craft villages stood at VND22 trillion. 
Despite benefits from economic growth, there is growing concern over environmental pollution at craft villages and industrial parks, which require drastic measures from the local authorities, scientists, enterprises and the public in solving the issue. 
At present, Hanoi has six wastewater treatment with total capacity of 276,300 cubic meters per day, as well as two facilities processing solid waste. Hanoi is planning to construct new waste-treatment plant to deal with the increasing number of waste in the coming time. 
However, waste-treatment plants have so far only processed 28.8% of total waste in the city, and 5.2% in craft villages. A survey conducted at 292 craft villages in Hanoi from 2017 – 2020 revealed 139 craft villages are heavily polluted (or 47.6% of the total), and 95 are polluted (32.5%). 
Phu My expected government agencies to continue proposing new environmentally-friendly policies, adding Hanoi should allocate more resources to address environmental issues, focusing on infrastructure improvement and new technologies. 

By Ngoc Lam

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