HCMC – Transport consulting firm Transport Engineering and Design Inc. South, or Tedi South, presented three investment plans to develop the Can Tho-Ca Mau Expressway project at a meeting held on September 21 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
In the first plan, the consultant will make use of the entire road section from Quan Lo to Phung Hiep with a total length of 141 kilometers to build the expressway. The upside of the first plan is that the total funding at VND46.2 trillion remains the lowest among the three plans, as only 750 hectares of land needs to be cleared.
Under the second plan, the expressway will run parallel to the Quan Lo-Phung Hiep route, with a total length of 138 kilometers. It requires VND61 trillion in investment and 900 hectares of land to be cleared.
In the third plan, the expressway will be built on the left side of the Quan Lo-Phung Hiep route and be 125 kilometers long, with some VND57 trillion required and around 800 hectares of land needed.
Speaking at the meeting, leaders of Ca Mau, Bac Lieu and Soc Trang provinces, through which the expressway will pass, suggested the Transport Ministry choose the second plan as the expressway under this plan will connect properly with the urban areas and economic hubs of these localities.
If the expressway is built following the third plan, it will remain too far away from the centers of Soc Trang and Bac Lieu. Meanwhile. Hau Giang chose the third plan as it wants to retain the existing Quan Lo-Phung Hiep road section and build a separate expressway. Can Tho also endorsed the third one as the road will have the shortest length.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat said that the ministry will submit a report on the project’s investment plan to the prime minister this month, so the National Assembly can consider adding the project to the 2021-2025 mid-term public investment plan.