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Ring road projects in HCMC make slow progress
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Ring road projects in HCMC make slow progress

The Saigon Times Daily

A section of Pham Van Dong Street, part of the Ring Road No. 2 project. Both Ring Road projects in HCMC are moving at a snail's pace - PHOTO: LE ANH

HCMC – Despite being considered important and urgent projects, the Ring Road Nos. 2 and 3 projects in HCMC are moving at a snail's pace.

Ring Road No. 2

The road was designed to be 64 kilometers long, with 6-10 lanes, but four sections totaling 11 kilometers have yet to be completed. One of these sections, stretching 2.7 kilometers from Pham Van Dong Street to Go Dua Intersection in Thu Duc District, is under construction, but the other three have yet to begin construction, Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

Work on the Pham Van Dong-Go Dua section started in December 2017 but is only 42% complete. In addition, the compensation and resettlement work for the section is 64% complete and 54% of the cleared site for the project has been handed over.

The section is being developed under the build-transfer format. According to the HCMC Department of Transport, the Department of Justice is completing legal procedures for the project, while the Department of Natural Resources and Environment is completing procedures on land allocation.

The HCMC government has approved the investment for the remaining three sections of the Ring Road No. 2 project. The city will use its own budget for site clearance and compensation for a section from An Lap Intersection to Nguyen Van Linh Street.

As for the two remaining sections, the Department of Planning and Architecture has coordinated with the relevant districts and agencies to adjust their plans and will submit the revised plan for the two sections to the municipal Party Committee and People’s Council in the first half of this year.

Ring Road No. 3

The road was designed to pass through HCMC and Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Long An provinces, with a total length of 89.3 kilometers, including 73 kilometers of new road and 16.3 kilometers of the My Phuoc-Tan Van section, which has been put into use.

As for the other sections in HCMC, the city is speeding up the site clearance and compensation work. The municipal People’s Council has approved the revision of the site acreage for section 1A, connecting Road 25B and HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway, from 32.48 to 37.68 hectares.

For section 1B, stretching from HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway to Thu Duc Intersection on Hanoi Highway, investors are being chosen by Cuu Long Corporation for Investment Development and Project Management of Infrastructure, which represents the Ministry of Transport in managing the project.

The investment plans for a section connecting Binh Chuan Ward of Binh Duong Province’s Thuan An District with National Highway 22 and another linking National Highway 22 with Long An Province’s Ben Luc District have been submitted to the Government for approval. When approved, the site clearance work for the two sections will be conducted.

At a recent meeting with the Ministry of Transport, Tran Quang Lam, director of the HCMC Department of Transport, said that it is necessary to accelerate the progress of the two projects. The city also expected the Government’s support in the development of the Ring Road No. 3 project.

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