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Sand undersupply hits HCMC Beltway 3

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC is urging Mekong Delta provinces to accelerate the licensing of sand mine operations so that sand supply for the HCMC Beltway No. 3 project can be sped up.

HCMC Beltway No. 3, a 76.34-km road that connects HCMC with three neighboring provinces – Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Long An, requires 7.1 million cubic meters of sand for its component 1, with approximately 4.7 million cubic meters needed in 2024.

Deputy Prime Minister Tran Hong Ha has met with relevant ministries and leaders of HCMC, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Long An, Vinh Long, Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap, and An Giang provinces, urging these provinces to expedite procedures for extending sand mining licenses and approve sand supply for HCMC Beltway No. 3.

Out of 44 mines surveyed so far, 28 meet the quality requirements, with reserves totaling around 37 million cubic meters. Despite the efforts of contractors in searching for sand supply, the sand mobilized to the construction site has not met the project’s need.

While Vinh Long, Tien Giang, and Ben Tre provinces have approved policies to provide sand for the HCMC Beltway No. 3 project, the biggest obstacles lie in accelerating the implementation progress and completing related procedures so that localities can supply sand promptly.

According to these provinces, all relevant procedures could not be completed until June this year. Meanwhile, it will take additional time to finish surveying the Cambodian sand sources.

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