Work begins on Mekong Delta highway

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung broke ground for the Trung Luong – My Thuan Highway in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang at a ceremony November 29.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Trung Luong – My Thuan Highway in Tien Giang Province November 29 (Photo: SGGP)

Speaking at the function, which was held in Chau Thanh District by BIDV Express Development Company (BEDC), the builder, and the province People’s Committee, he said the highway is important to the industrialization and modernization of the delta.

The 54-kilometer, four-lane highway will be 25.5 -26.5 meters wide and have shoulders on either side. Vihicles can run at the fastest speed of 120km/h.
The project, a part of North-South Highway Project, will also have 43 bridges with a total length of ten kilometers.

BEDC will finance the highway which will cost VND19 trillion (US$1.1 billion) and be completed in the second quarter of 2013.

After completion, the company, established by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam, will collect toll from users for 34 years.

PM Dung ordered the provincial authorities to follow State regulations on compensation, site clearance, and resettlement of people whose lands have been acquired.

Government departments and ministries should help the company complete the work on schedule, he said.

By A.Khue – Translated by Hai Mien

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