HCM City's authorities plan to take steps to prevent flooding in 10 of 21 sites in the city that are particularly prone to heavy flooding during the rainy season.
Nguyen Huu Tin, deputy chairman of the city People's Committee, proposed that the city Steering Centre for Anti-flooding Programme eliminate the other flood-prone sites by 2015. The 10 sites are located in districts 6, 9, 11, 12, Binh Thanh, Go Vap and Thu Duc.
Speaking at a meeting on Wednesday, Tin said last year the city cleared 39 out of 70 flooding sites by installing more than 200km of sewers and dredging 100 canals and sluices.
The construction of a culvert system and pumping station were completed during the first phase of the Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Environmental Sanitation project.
Wastewater and rain water in the basin will be collected at a pumping station and then treated and released into the Sai Gon River.
The construction of sluices on the east bank of the Saigon River is expected to be completed next month.
The Nhieu Loc- Thi Nghe canal runs through several districts, including districts 3, Tan Binh, Phu Nhuan and Binh Thanh.
Tin said the heads of district people's committees would be held responsible for the dumping of rubbish into canals and illegal building of structures on riverbanks.