HCMC – The city from now to 2015 will relocate building materials factories and concrete mixing plants from the inner-city districts in an effort to mitigate environmental impact on populous areas, said the Department of Construction.
“All concrete mixing plants will be moved to industrial zones in the outlying districts between now and 2015 to reduce the current air pollution,” said Phan Duc Nhan, deputy director of the city’s Department of Construction.
As for building materials suppliers in the inner city, the city plans to arrange several roads for building material stores in a bid to guarantee traffic circulation and avoid widespread establishment of new building material stores.
HCMC has 3,966 enterprises active in building materials trading, including 122 building materials producers and 3,844 suppliers.
Recently, the city has shut down 350 brick kilns across the city, with District 9 mostly affected as it had 97 kilns.
The city plans to launch an exhibition center featuring hi-tech green building materials such as unbaked bricks, light materials, soundproof materials, heatproof materials and energy-saving materials.
However, it is unfeasible to stimulate the use of new building materials as the city has yet to set out standards on design, construction and acceptance testing. Moreover, high prices of hi-tech building materials lead to high construction costs and make them inaccessible to state-backed construction projects.
Source: The Saigon Times