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City's AnnouncementFriday, 07/27/2007, 05:41

City power grid to go underground

HCM City has targeted to bury 50% of the city’s power lines by 2010

City power grid to go underground


HCM City has targeted to bury 50% of the city�s power lines by 2010.


Underground power lines would be safer, stabler and easier to maintain, less vulner�able to lightning strikes or collapse, and the removal of a tangled overhead electri�cal grid would improve the appearance of the city, the city�s Vice Chairman Nguyen Trung Tin said.


The city's targets for elec�tricity grid improvement through 2020 have already been approved by the Prime Minister. During the 2001-2005 period, HCM City in�stalled 398km of power lines, but the process of burying existing lines will be slow.


To get 50% of power lines in the city center underground, another 230 km of cable will have to be buried over three peri�ods.


This year, about 74 km of power lines will be in�stalled at a cost of VND228 billion (US$14.25 million) on main streets in districts 1, 2, Binh Thanh and Phu Nhuan, the locations of a number of important agencies, organizations and entertain�ment centers.


In 2008, 83 km of underground power lines will be laid in other districts at an estimated cost of VND280 billion. The next two years, another 80 km will be installed in District 2 at a cost of VND314 billion.


The city plans to is�sue bonds or obtain assis�tance in funding the project.


(HCM City, July 27, 2007)


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