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HCMC installs cameras in fight against littering, dumping
By Thanh Nien News -
A photo taken in July shows a woman and a child covering their noses as they walk on the Cho Cau Bridge. Photo credit: Zing/Le Quan
 A photo taken in July shows a number of bags of trash along the bridge. Photo credit: Zing/Le Quan
After the cameras were installed on October 15, the volume of trash fell significantly, according to the authorities. Photo credit: VnExpress/Son Hoa 
 It cost around VND100 million (US$4,487) to install six cameras along the bridge. Photo credit: VnExpress/Son Hoa
The downside is that now a road right under the bridge has become a new dumping black spot. Photo credit: Nguoi Lao Dong/Le Phong
Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 12 have installed six surveillance cameras along a bridge which has been notorious as a dumping black spot.
Many plastic bags full of waste can be seen along the 100-meter-long Cho Cau Bridge, which connects District 12 and Go Vap District. People often have to hold their breath when they pass through it.
Huynh Phuong Hoang, chairman of District 12’s Dong Hung Thuan Ward, where the bridge is located, told local media that littering has been a problem here for years.
Litterbugs are mostly street vendors and some families living in the area, according to local residents.
Hoang said it cost around VND100 million (US$4,487) to install the six cameras, with half of the amount contributed voluntarily from locals.
“A week after the cameras were installed, the amount of trash fell significantly,” VnExpress quoted Hoang as saying on Wednesday.
Authorities also set up warning signs stating that those who are caught littering will be fined between VND1 million ($45) and 2 million.
To avoid the cameras, people now dump trash on a road right under the bridge.
“We are considering installing cameras under the bridge too,” said Hoang.
Le Truong Hai Hieu, chairman of District 12, said that the authorities would continue to install an additional 150 cameras in the district to curb littering and increase security.