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HCMC urges speedier work on bridges to Thu Thiem
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HCMC urges speedier work on bridges to Thu Thiem

The Saigon Times Daily

File photo of Thu Thiem peninsula seen from the Bitexco Financial Tower in downtown HCMC - PHOTO: PHAM VU

HCMC – The HCMC government has assigned relevant agencies and departments to work with investors to speed up work on Thu Thiem 2 and Thu Thiem 4 bridges, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has given approval to the investor Dai Quang Minh Real Estate Investment Company for an extension of two months to flesh out a plan for building pedestrian bridges spanning the Saigon River under the build-operate (BT) format.

To put the pedestrian bridge projects on the fast track, the HCMC chairman has assigned the HCMC Department of Planning and Architecture to support Dai Quang Minh Company in coming up with at least three plans for pedestrian bridge construction.

In addition, Phong asked the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to collaborate with relevant agencies to draw up a document proposing an urgent site handover to start Thu Thiem 2 bridge construction as scheduled. The 852-meter-long Thu Thiem 2 Bridge will stretch from the intersection of Le Duan and Dinh Tien Hoang streets to that of Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Huu Canh streets -- all in District 1 -- before passing through Ba Son Shipyard to connect with District 2.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment was required to carry out land valuations for compensation and support the Thu Thiem 2 Bridge project while the Department of Transport is in charge of urging relevant agencies to make suggestions for technical design and cost estimates of construction components executed under the BT format.

As for the project of Thu Thiem 4 Bridge, a 2.16-kilometer bridge expected to connect District 2 and District 7 when in place, the Department of Planning and Investment is responsible for publicizing the project, which will be implemented under the public-private partnership (PPP), to attract investors. Investors may register for participation in the project and conducting a pre-feasibility study.

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