Director of the HCMC Department of Transport Bui Xuan Cuong yesterday had an urgent meeting with the Steering Center for Urban Flood Control Program, Binh Thanh district and the investor of the smart pumping system in Nguyen Huu Canh street which was still flooded during a heavy rain on October 17 despite the system’s operation.
Mr. Do Tan Long, head of the Drainage System Management Division under the center, said that the sewer system in the street has been cleaned up. The center has arranged workers to cope with problems arising from heavy rains.
Since the principle contract to hire the smart pumping system was signed on October 2, there have been four heavy rains but the street was not inundated thanks to the pumping system. However, the flooding recurred on October 17 during a rain with the precipitation of 45mm.
The center and system investor Quang Trung Industry Joint Stock Company has arrived at the scene to seek reasons for the flooding. The center will send a report to the Department of Transport and relevant sides after examining all sewer routes.
Director of Quang Trung Company Nguyen Tang Cuong said that after the flooding on October 17, the company has inspected, opened four catch pits and found a lot of garbage there. It now continues working with drainage workers to see if there are other things in the sewers or not.
Mr. Cuong said that eight testing times were enough to estimate the pumping system. Still the company was willing to conduct more testing to prove its efficiency to city leaders.
Concluding the meeting, Mr. Bui Xuan Cuong said that according to initial results, the pumping system has operated efficiently.
He suggested the Steering Center for Urban Flood Control Program, Urban Drainage Company and Binh Thanh district to work together closely to create conditions for the investor to function the system. In addition, relevant sides should intensify supervision to prevent littering from blockade sewers.