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Gov’t wants work on three expys in southern Vietnam sped up

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh on July 27 chaired a conference in An Giang Province with eight cities and provinces to step up work on three expressway projects in the southern region.

The Government wants the three projects, including the Khanh Hoa-Buon Ma Thuot, Bien Hoa-Vung Tau and Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang expressways, to get off the ground before June 30, 2023, the local media reported.

The provinces and cities through which the expressways run will be allowed to select contractors for site clearance, compensation and resettlement, and reduce the time it takes to conduct relevant procedures, aimed at speeding up work on these expressways.

In addition, procedures for the approval and appraisal of environmental impact and design reports will be simplified to ensure that ground will be broken on the three projects prior to June 30 next year.

The Government is focusing on implementing expressway projects. The country has over 1,260 kilometers of expressways, while the Government targets 3,000 kilometers of expressways by 2025 and 5,000 kilometers by 2030, said Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh.

The Mekong Delta region is one of the country’s major economic hubs, but its traffic infrastructure remains weak.

Apart from the construction of the three key expressways, nine more will be developed in the Mekong Delta, Central Highlands and Southeastern regions by 2025, said the deputy prime minister.

The 188.2-kilometer-long Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang expressway, which will pass through four localities in the Mekong Delta region, An Giang, Can Tho, Hau Giang, and Soc Trang, will require nearly VND45 trillion.

The 117-kilometer-long Khanh Hoa-Buon Ma Thuot expressway project will link the south-central province of Khanh Hoa with the Central Highlands province of Daklak.

Meanwhile, the Bien Hoa-Vung Tau expressway project will stretch 54 kilometers in length and link Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Once in place, the three expressways will enhance connectivity with economic hubs, seaports and airports, help facilitate the transportation of goods and fuel economic growth in the southern and Central Highlands regions.

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