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Disciplinary action taken in Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway case
The Saigon Times Daily
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Disciplinary action taken in Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway case

The Saigon Times Daily

A section of Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway – PHOTO: VEC

HCMC – Vietnam Expressway Corporation (VEC) has taken disciplinary action against individuals and groups responsible for supervising the quality of the VND34-trillion Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway. The road underwent major repairs just months after it was opened to traffic, raising questions about the quality of its construction, reported the Vietnam News Agency.

In a recent meeting, VEC issued a warning against four organizations under its authority – the Executive Boards for Packages No.4 and No.6; the Danang-Quang Ngai Project Management Board; and the Executive, Management and Operation Board for Danang-Quang Ngai Expressway (VECS).

VEC also issued warnings to five individuals, of which two are directors of executive boards, two are staff in charge of construction for packages No.4 and No.6 and one is a deputy director and head of the operation and maintenance unit under VECS.

Nguyen Tien Thanh, director of the Danang-Quang Ngai Project Management Board, was suspended from his job.

The expressway, which is 131 kilometers long and has four lanes in central Vietnam, allows for a maximum speed of 120 kilometers per hour. It is touted as an artery road linking major economic centers and forming part of the ambitious North-South Expressway project.

The project cost a total of VND34.5 trillion, which was raised from government bond sales and loans from the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

A 65-kilometer section, running from the ancient village of Tuy Loan in Hoa Vang District, Danang City, to Tam Ky City in Quang Nam Province, was opened to traffic in August last year.

The entire road was put into operation on September 2, but just weeks later, several potholes appeared.

The Ministry of Transport on October 11 suspended toll collections on the expressway to force its investor, VEC, to repair the road. It was not until late last week that the ministry allowed the resumption of toll collection upon reviewing the repairs.

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