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PM: Start work on five key traffic infrastructure projects by end-June

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has told the Ministry of Transport to start work on three expressways in southern Vietnam, a beltway in HCMC and another beltway in Hanoi before June 30.

The three expressways are Chau Doc-Can Tho-Soc Trang, Bien Hoa-Vung Tau, and Khanh Hoa-Buon Ma Thuot. Meanwhile, the two beltways are Beltway No. 4 in Hanoi and Beltway No. 3 in the HCMC area.

PM Chinh chaired the 5th teleconference on April 12 of the State Steering Committee on key national traffic infrastructure projects, with 43 provinces and cities attending.

He emphasized that public investment, including in infrastructure projects, is one of the important driving forces for the country’s economic growth.

As for the five infrastructure projects, Chinh assigned the Ministry of Transport to work with 14 provinces and cities to urgently carry out land clearance and complete necessary procedures, and start construction work before the end of June.

Chinh also asked leaders of Hung Yen and Bac Ninh provinces to promptly complete the approval process of the Beltway No. 4 project’s components.

For those projects that are still behind schedule, especially the Long Thanh International Airport, Chinh asked relevant ministries and agencies to speed up construction work, ensure quality, and hold competitive tenders to select capable contractors.

The Ministry of Transport has been required to ensure the expansion of the HCMC-Long Thanh expressway is completed on schedule to connect to the first-phase Long Thanh International Airport.

He urged the Ministry of Transport and localities to re-evaluate the investment of the Ninh Binh-Nam Dinh-Thai Binh expressway.

Regarding ongoing projects like Mai Son-National Highway 45, Dau Giay-Phan Thiet, and Phan Thiet-Vinh Hao, which are scheduled to be completed by April 30 (Reunification Day) Chinh requested the ministry to ensure they meet the deadline.

The Ministry of Transport was asked to coordinate with other ministries to review the area of forest land and paddy fields related to the North-South expressway project in the 2021-2025 period in accordance with regulations.

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