HCMC – Dong Thap Province has pledged to provide seven million cubic meters of sand for two expressway projects, Can Tho-Hau Giang and Hau Giang-Ca Mau, to address the shortage of sand faced by expressway developers.
The 110-kilometer Can Tho-Ca Mau Expressway is a key component of the eastern North-South Expressway project.
A joint team from the ministries of Natural Resources-Environment and Transport recently held discussions with Dong Thap Province to ensure the sand supply for these expressway projects.
Dong Thap authorities have reported that the province has 14 mines with licenses set to expire by June 30, 2023. In the first half of this year alone, these mines supplied over 972,500 cubic meters of sand. The total remaining sand volume in the authorized mines is currently 25.18 million cubic meters, which will decrease to 21.59 million cubic meters after June 30, 2023. These licensed mines have a combined annual capacity of nearly six million cubic meters of sand.
With the increasing demand for sand in construction projects within the province and the expressway projects, Dong Thap is facing limited sand supply. The provincial People’s Committee revealed that they require around 19.9 million cubic meters of sand for their own use this year.
However, they are striving to allocate 6.6 million cubic meters of sand for the Cao Lanh-An Huu and My An-Cao Lanh expressway projects, in addition to the seven million cubic meters of sand for the Can Tho-Hau Giang and Hau Giang-Ca Mau expressway sections.
Till now, Dong Thap has already supplied 1.9 million cubic meters of sand for Can Tho-Ca Mau Expressway project and is assessing the capacity of mines in the province to extract the remaining amount.