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Proposal to expand investment in the JICA3 Project

20/07/2020 18:00 |

​On the morning of July 18, 2020, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Cao Van Trong hosted the meeting with the delegation of the JICA3 Project about the proposal plan to expand investment and fulfil the JICA3 Project (sluices in Cho Lach district). Also attending the meeting was Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Huu Lap.

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Overview of the meeting. (Photo by Huyen Trang)

The Ben Tre Water Management Project (JICA3) is considered as one of the extremely important projects for the prevention and combat of drought and saline intrusion caused by climate change and rising sea levels that have been happening complicatedly in Ben Tre province.

The main objective of the project is to enhance protection and development of freshwater sources to ensure the agricultural production and people's livelihood in the project area from being threatened by saline intrusion due to climate change, sea level rise and overexploitation of upstream Mekong River.

According to the team leader of the JICA3 Project, Mr. Motoyoshi HIKASA, a number of sites in the province are at risk of serious erosion which affects people's lives and therefore needs protective measures in the near future.

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Mr. Cao Van Trong, Chairman of the Provincial People's committee at the meeting. (Photo by Huyen Trang)

In addition to the previously approved items, JICA will survey and add 5 more sluices in the southern area of Ben Tre (namely Cai Mon, Cai Han, Vam Mon, Cai Ga, Cai Tre) in order to build a closed sluice system and complete the project. These five sluices will be submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for construction investment capital in the next phase.

Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Cao Van Trong said Cho Lach river route was a waterway transport route that needed to build the lock sluice. The construction of two locks for protection of Cho Lach river was to facilitate waterway traffic to be continuous during the closure of sluice gates in order to prevent salinity intrusion into the infields. Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee said he wanted the consulting unit to conduct the survey, research and support the province to build sluices with lock in order to make the completely closed sluice system.

In the coming time, a JICA team will carry out some activities in the province and conduct survey on landslide in An Hoa area and existing sluices to design appropriate plans.

Written by Huyen Trang

Translated by Kim Ngan

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