Chau Doc- Can Tho- Soc Trang Highway invested nearly US$ 1.3 bln

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The yesterday led a working delegation to talk with leaders of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang province about the state management of the transport infrastructure and investment to ensure traffic order and safety in the Mekong Delta province. 
Reporting to the working delegation, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Kien Giang province Mai Anh Nhin said that the investment of transport infrastructure was carried out overall on schedule. 

In particular, the project of Lo Te - Rach Soi Highway linking Can Tho and Kien Giang province has been completed by 55 percent and clearance work of the highway has been handed over 27 kilometers long 

Kien Giang proposed the Ministry of Transport to replace old bridges along the Highway 80, putting into the second phase of Mekong Subregion Southern Coastal Corridor Project towards the medium-term public investment plan for the period 2021-2025; expanding Ho Chi Minh Road through Kien Giang; allocating the state budget to complete items of the Phu Quoc International Passenger Port, creating favorable conditions for transport enterprises on sea route of the Rach Gia - Ha Tien - Kep (a tropical island of Cambodia); directing the restoration of Rach Gia - Phu Quoc air route and vice versa; encouraging businesses to open domestic and international routes to  Phu Quoc International Airport and develop more routes to the Rach Gia airport, etc. 

Concerning the project of Lo Te - Rach Soi Highway, General Director of Cuu Long Corporation, who is the project investor, Mr. Tran Van Thi said that the highway is expected to be completed by the end of March, 2020 in case of enough capital allocation to implement. 

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The promised to urge assistances of the local authorities and relevant agencies in strengthening connection with neighboring localities. In the near future, the Rach Gia - Phu Quoc flight route will be expected to re-open with a goal of attracting more customers. 

On the same day, the delegation worked with leaders of An Giang province in order to check the province’s infrastructure projects, and assigned the General Department of Roads in coordination with the locality to re-examine the project of National Highway 91 as soon as possible. 

The project of Chau Doc - Can Tho - Soc Trang Highway is considered as a strategic route connecting An Giang province and other Mekong Delta provinces, and creating trade connection between Southeast Asian countries with Vietnam.

As this advantages, the Ministry of Transport decided to prioritize construction of the Chau Doc - Can Tho - Soc Trang Highway, make an investment plan with total capital of VND 29,600 billion (nearly US$ 1.3 billion) before 2030. 

BY HUYNH LOI- Translated by Huyen Huong

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