HCMC's upcoming "Utopia of Southeast Asia", now filled with microplastic
The Thu Thiem New Urban Area, which spans 930 hectares and is home to around 200,000 people, is currently under attack by none other than the usual ignorance and pollution. With many projects still remaining on paper, it is yet to be seen if the area will become a modern landmark after all.
During the last holiday weekend, hundreds flooded the streets of To Huu, Tran Bach Dang or R12, parking their vehicles on streets and pavements. Empty land plots near the Saigon River, have become places for people to hang out during the weekends, with stalls popping up with their tables and chairs along the pavements. While the people were celebrating, trashes were being dumped straight into the local environment, with no care about their ramifications. Most of the landfill are single use plastic which could be found practically everywhere from rivers, to ponds, local fauna, and by construction sites. If you were ever worried about microplastics, it seems the problem is not getting better for the area.
Local authorities have asked vendors to promise not to dump trash into the environment, but this has not been effective.
Ward chairman Nguyen Van Kien said as the area is yet to be handed over to the HCMC People's Committee, sanitation workers have not been deployed to the area yet. Authorities have been putting up signs, deterring and warning of possible punishment, and dispatching personnel to deal with this issue. but their efforts to clean up have also failed as it keeps piling up, possibly due to insufficient manpower, as explained by Kien.