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North-South Expy contractor may be replaced for construction delays

By N. Tan

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HCMC – Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Thang has sought the suspension of the Hoang Long Construction Investment Corporation if it fails to meet the deadline of the North-South Expy project.

The request came after Minister Thang found construction delays in the Mai Son-National Highway 45 section during his inspection of the expressway project in Thanh Hoa Province yesterday, November 17.

A report from the Transport Construction Investment Management Authority shows that Hoang Long Construction Investment Corporation has yet to mobilize enough machinery, equipment and human resources for the construction of the Mai Son-National Highway 45 section.

According to the previous plan, the 53-kilometer expressway section will be open to traffic at the end of 2022. However, work on the remaining 10-kilometer section of the project has yet to be completed.

Given the construction delays, Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Thang required the functional units to assign the remaining work to the Deoca Group if contractor Hoang Long fails to meet the deadline.

The contractors must speed up the construction and complete the expressway section before December 15 this year.

Minister Thang said that any contractor failing to meet the deadline of the North-South Expressway project phase one would face punishment and not be allowed to participate in the project for the 2021-2025 period.

The Ministry of Transport has carried out 11 components of the North-South Expressway project phase 1.

Some four components, comprising the Mai Son-National Highway 45, Cam Lo-La Son, Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet and Phan Thiet-Dau Giay sections, are expected to be completed at the end of 2022. The other seven components will be completed in 2023 and 2024.

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