PM opens city’s newest bridge

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung September 2 took part in the inauguration ceremony of Phu My Bridge and road, major parts of the East-West Highway in HCM City.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (center) and representatives from ministries and Ho Chi Minh City take part in the Phu My Bridge inauguration ceremony. (Photo: SGGP)

After two years of construction, Phu My Bridge built in the first phase of the East-West highway was opened to traffic on September 2. The opening also marked the country’s 64th National Day.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, PM Dung said he highly appreciated efforts by citizens who gave up land for the project, and builders, engineers and consultants who overcome difficulties to accomplish the project four months ahead of schedule.

The bridge has a multi-dimensional significance to Ho Chi Minh City in short and long terms, which will create good conditions to the city to develop on many sides, PM Dung said.

He also welcomed development achievements in the city and asked city leaders to cut more red-tape for investment projects to develop the city’s infrastructure.

The chairman of the City People’s Committee, Le Hoang Quan, said construction companies, consultants and related departments overcame difficulties, challenges such as procedures and applied new measures to make the project finish before schedule.

He also asked construction companies to hasten the rate of progress of other related projects and to focus all efforts on finishing the project by completing phase two, as scheduled, by October 2010.

On the same day, the road section built in the first phase of the East – West Highway project, from Ben Chuong Duong Street to 1A Highway was also opened to traffic.

Mr. Quan said he thanked citizens for their support and those who handed over their land for the project.

The project will help boost the city’s socio-economic development, as well as improve living conditions for city residents, Mr Quan said.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam, Sakaba Mitsuo, said he gave a report to the Ministry of Planning and Investment in July about Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) capital for five key projects to develop infrastructure in Vietnam.

He expressed his country’s desire to further boost cooperation with Vietnam in the development of transport infrastructure and information technology.

The East – West Highway project is estimated to cost VND9.87 trillion (US$660 million). Of which, VND6.34 trillion has been loaned from the Japan Bank for International Co-operation and VND3.47 trillion from the State budget.

The total length of the project is 21.9 kilometers, including 1.49 kilometers crossing over the Saigon River, eight new bridges, restoration of three bridges, twelve walk bridges and a road running from the east to the west of the city, passing through districts 1,2,4,5,6,8, Binh Tan and Binh Chanh.

By Q.Hung - Translated by Thuy Tram

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