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Deputy PM urges site clearance for North-South expressway project
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Deputy PM urges site clearance for North-South expressway project

The Saigon Times Daily

The Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway, part of the North-South Expressway, is under construction - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC - Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, at a conference on February 21, described site clearance as a decisive factor for the success of the North-South expressway project, while calling for the relevant ministries, agencies and localities to work harder to get the job done, news site VnEconomy reported.

At a conference on site clearance work for the eastern North-South expressway project, held by the Ministry of Transport, Deputy PM Dung said the Government was determined to complete some sections of the North-South expressway project with the highest quality in the shortest time possible. The project’s progress should not be hampered by slow site clearance, he added.

Deputy PM Dung assigned the Ministry of Transport to direct the progress of the site clearance work, as well as inspect the performance of investors and management boards of subprojects and the competent agencies.

The ministry was also tasked with completing the construction site zoning process in the next quarter, while coordinating with localities to approve and publicize land clearance and compensation plans in line with the law.

The relevant ministries and central agencies should quickly finish the plan to allocate capital to localities to carry out site clearance and compensation activities and send it to the prime minister for approval.

Localities where the expressway will run through must clear land and then hand it over to construction contractors on schedule, while supplying materials for the projects and ensuring safety and security during the investment and construction process.

Besides clearing the site for the project, the deputy prime minister mentioned two other main tasks: completing the technical design and choosing contractors.

According to the deputy prime minister, the 2,100-kilometer expressway project, which will run through 32 cities and provinces and connect the four key economic zones, urban areas, seaports and economic hubs, will play an important role in the country’s economic development.

The road, when in place, will improve the country’s competitiveness and assist the localities where the road will pass through to improve their investment environment.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said some VND12.4 trillion will be needed to relocate nearly 4,000 households and multiple facilities and take back more than 4,800 hectares of land for the first phase of the project.

In the first phase, 654 kilometers of the expressway, divided into 11 subprojects, will be built. The Ministry of Transport has approved the feasibility studies for these 11 subprojects, including eight public-private partnership subprojects and three others receiving State funding.

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