Construction of Mekong Delta highway to start in November

By this deadline, he wants Can Tho city and Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu and Ca Mau provinces to hand over 70 percent of the land as he wants the construction to be completed by 2025, he said. he said during a meeting with them on Tuesday. .

The highway will run 156 km (97 miles) between the delta’s economic hub, Can Tho, and the country’s southernmost province, Ca Mau, passing through the other three provinces and boosting connectivity in Vietnam’s agricultural heartland. .

In its first phase, which is estimated to cost VND 37.6 trillion (US$1.63 billion), the highway will have two lanes. In the second, at a cost of 64 trillion VND, it will be widened to have four lanes and allow speeds of up to 100 km/h.

Tran Van Thi, director of the ministry’s My Thuan Project Management Board, said that so far land has been acquired to build 36.5 km and the task is expected to be completed by the second quarter of the year. ‘next year.

Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Duy Lam has ordered that all procedures related to land use conversion, mine clearance, environmental impact assessment and public consultation must be completed before June 30th.

The highway would mostly cross farmland which needs to be reinforced before construction, he said.

The section between Can Tho and Bac Lieu will be built with public funds and the rest according to the public-private partnership model.

It is one of several highways being planned or built in the delta, which is home to 12 provinces with over 17 million people. The region is one of Vietnam’s most important economic hubs and contributes 17.7% of GDP.

The government released a master plan for the delta’s development this decade earlier this month, which calls for 830 kilometers (515 miles) of highways and 4,000 kilometers of national highways by 2030.

It says the delta will become “a sustainable, dynamic and highly efficient agricultural economic center of the country, the region and the world”.

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