Shortage for site clearance fund slows Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway progress

The management board of Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway yesterday announced shortage of over VND1.7 trillion (US$75.58 million) to compensate 1,700 households for their removal that helps to make room for the project’s construction.

An artists’ impression of Phuoc Khanh Bridge breaking ground in Can Gio, HCMC on July 18. The bridge is an item of Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway (Photo: SGGP)

Ben Luc-Long Thanh Expressway stretches over Ho Chi Minh City and neighboring provinces of Dong Nai and Long An.

According to plan, the entire space of the project must be handed over to contractors by the first quarter next year.

However, 1,185 households in Dong Nai have yet evacuated because of slow compensation.
HCMC needs VND1,064 billion (US$47.31 million) to relocate 1,126 households  over 125 hectares. Of these, Binh Chanh district has 500 households. 

Most of them are living  near intersections in the boundary of more than one district and have yet to reach an agreement on compensation prices.

The behind-schedule site clearance will affect the expressway’s progress which is expected to  complete by 2018.

By Quoc Hung – Translated by Hai Mien

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