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North-South expy project lacks 8.4 million m3 of materials for ground leveling

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The North-South Expressway project in the 2017-2020 period has been facing a shortage of 8.43 million cubic meters of materials for ground leveling, although Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh had asked the chairpersons of localities to provide sufficient materials before March 15.

According to a report of the Ministry of Transport’s Transport Construction and Quality Management delivered at an online meeting on March 16 on the progress of the project in the 2017-2020 and 2021-2025 periods, the site for some 102 meters of the expressway project in the 2017-2020 period has yet to be handed over and one of the 83 resettlement areas have yet to be completed.

In addition, 201 locations of electric wires, over 7.1 kilometers of water pipelines and nearly 11,400 telecom cables have not been relocated, the local media reported.

As for the materials for ground leveling, the Ministry of Transport has worked with localities to provide 4.16 million cubic meters for the project. Procedures to supply another 8.43 million cubic meters for five subprojects are being completed.

According to the Transport Construction and Quality Management, localities have been striving to remove obstacles to provide sufficient materials for ground leveling this month.

To date, the 15-kilometer Cao Bo-Mai Son subproject has been completed, the progress of eight subprojects has been ensured, while two others have lagged behind schedule.

In specifics, the execution of the Dien Chau-Bai Vot subproject has been 6.79% slower than expected due to the poor ability in governance and operation of the firm in charge of the subproject and the late selection of contractors.

The Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet has been 8.89% later than the plan due to the lack of 2.46 million cubic meters of materials for ground leveling and the contractors’ failure to speed up the progress as required.

This week, leaders of the Ministry of Transport will work with contractors to ask them to mobilize resources to accelerate the execution of subprojects and complete them as scheduled. Contractors failing to meet the progress of subprojects will be handled.

Meanwhile, the North-South Expressway project in the 2021-2025 period, which will be 729 kilometers long and has been divided into 12 subprojects, has been executed as planned. However, the incomplete workload to ensure the approval of the feasibility report for the project remains large.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said the pressure was huge as they must ensure the progress of the first phase of the expressway project while executing the second phase.

However, the project’s quality must be the top priority, The said, asking the relevant units to complete four subprojects of the North-South Expressway project in the 2017-2020 period this year.

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