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VIETNAM’S FOUR MAJOR TRANSPORT PROJECTS ON TRACK FOR COMPLETION NEXT YEAR
Thursday, 25 April 2019 07:37

Vietnam is set to complete four infrastructure projects next year, some of them after long delays lasting several years.

 

Hanoi’s first metro line

The 13-kilometer Cat Linh – Ha Dong metro line is expected to open commercial operations before the Tet Lunar New Year holiday starting February 2, 2019.

All 13 trains on the route are being trial run every day now, running from Cat Linh Station in downtown Dong Da District to the Yen Nghia Station in the south-west Ha Dong District.The 13-kilometer Cat Linh – Ha Dong metro line is expected to open commercial operations before the Tet Lunar New Year holiday starting February 2, 2019.

Each train has four coaches, with a total capacity of 1,000 passengers. The stainless steel coaches are approximately 19 meters long. The trains now run at 30-35 kilometers an hour, even though they are designed to reach speeds of 65 kilometers an hour. A complete trip takes about 30 minutes.

Work on the project is 96 percent complete, officials say, adding that the terminals and depots are “83 percent equipped.”

Construction of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway started in October 2011 and was originally scheduled for completion in 2013. But several hurdles, including loan disbursement issues with China that were only resolved last December, have been stalling the project for years.

The original cost estimate of $552.86 million has also ballooned to more than $868 million, including $670 million in loans from China.

 

Bac Giang – Lang Son expressway

The expressway connecting Bac Giang Province north-east of Hanoi to the northern Lang Son Province bordering China is expected to be completed next December.

The four-lane expressway runs 64 kilometers. A 110-kilometer stretch of the existing National Route 1A connecting the two provinces will also be upgraded to be part of the expressway.

The total project cost has been estimated at VND12.19 trillion ($523.67 million).

Most of the expressway has been completed. Next year, operators will finish laying asphalt and installing road signs and lights.

Work on the expressway started in October 2015 and was scheduled for completion last year. However, the  Ministry of Transport had to select a new investor for the project after the original one was found wanting.

The Bac Giang – Lang Son expressway is part of the Hanoi – Lang Son expressway, connecting the capital with the Huu Nghi International Border Gate in Lang Son Province.

 

Cu Mong Tunnels

The Cu Mong Pass, lies mostly in Binh Dinh and partly in Phu Yen, is one of the most dangerous passes in Vietnam. The new tunnels are expected to reduce the number of dangerous traffic accidents that the pass has become infamous for. They would also reduce travel time between the two provinces.The Cu Mong tunnels, connecting the southern provinces of Binh Dinh and Phu Yen, are expected to open on January 21, allowing all vehicles to go through free of charge during the February 2-10 Tet holiday.

The two tunnels are 2.6 kilometers long and 30 meters apart and have a 4-kilometer lead-in road. The tunnels allow a maximum speed of 80 kilometers an hour. For an unspecified first period, only one tunnel will be operated. For now, the second one will be reserved for use in emergencies.

The tunnels have a total capital of almost VND4 trillion ($171.82 million). Construction started in September 2015.

 

Vam Cong Bridge in the Mekong Delta Region

This is the second bridge over the Hau River after the Can Tho Bridge, which is 48 kilometers away. It is part of the route connecting Can Tho with An Giang Province, built to boost the socio-economic development of the Mekong Delta region.The bridge, which connects the southern province of Dong Thap with Can Tho City, is expected to be operational by next July.

The bridge was supposed to be completed by November 2017, but authorities found out that a horizonal beam had a crack four centimeters wide and two meters long.

The Ministry of Transport ordered repairs, and so far 26 out of 38 steps for this process has been completed.

The bridge’s budget of $270 million was sourced through official development assistance from South Korea and Vietnam’s counterpart funds.

 

 
THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND TRADE ISSUED A PLAN TO IMPROVE LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE INDEX OF VIETNAM
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 03:32

The Ministry of Industry and Trade Implementing Resolution No. 02 / NQ-CP dated January 1, 2019 of the Government on continuing to perform the main tasks and solutions to improve the business environment, improve national competitiveness in 2019 and orientation to 2021, March 26, 2019, the Minister of Industry and Trade issued Decision No. 708 / QD-BCT approving the Plan to improve Logistics Performance Index of Vietnam.

 

The Plan sets out the goal of raising Vietnam's ranking in the Logistics Performance Index (LPI) published by the World Bank from now to 2025 to 5-10 points (2018, Vietnam Male ranked 39th in the world in LPI rankings, contributing positively to improving the business environment, cutting costs, improving competitiveness in providing logistics services in Vietnam, improving capacity. innovation, ... contribute to the achievement of the Government's Resolution on socio-economic development.

 

The plan sets out 49 specific tasks associated with the roles of ministries, sectors and localities, divided into groups of tasks closely related to the 6 component indicators in LPI, including:

(1) Task group on infrastructure upgrading;

(2) Task group on improving delivery capabilities;

(3) Task group on improving capacity and quality of logistics service provision;

(4) Group of tasks on technology application, optimizing traceability;

(5) Group of tasks on shortening time and reducing costs;

(6) Task group on improving customs clearance efficiency;

(7) Group of supporting tasks.

 

The Import and Export Department is the focal point of the Ministry of Industry and Trade to assume the prime responsibility and coordinate with ministries, branches and localities in deploying, urging, inspecting and supervising the implementation of this Plan.

 
PM URGES COMPLETION OF TRUNG LUONG-MY THUAN EXPRESSWAY BY 2020
Monday, 22 April 2019 01:39

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc Phuc has called upon the Ministry of Transport to complete construction of the Trung Luong-My Thuan-Can Tho expressway by 2020, during a meeting on regional development between some ministers and the Mekong Delta localities’ leaders on Friday in Can Tho City.

The maritime industry is one of the driving forces behind the economic development of the Mekong Delta. Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said, at the meeting, that there is no better place than Soc Trang Province for maritime development.

Soc Trang is some 60 kilometers from Can Tho, and has three main inter-regional routes – National Road 1, Nam Song Hau National Road and the Quan Lo-Phung Hiep Road – alongside a number of national roads, said Minister The.

He added that Vietnam’s major real estate developer, Sun Group, plans to invest in the Tran De Seaport Project. “They want to set up a major port which can accommodate vessels weighing from 100,000 to 120,000 tons,” he said, adding that the developer intends to inject some VND40 trillion (US$1.7 billion) in the first phase of the project.

He noted that if everything goes as planned, import-export products to and from the delta will no longer have to transit in HCMC. Instead, such goods will be imported and exported directly at the port.

Also, if a planned expressway connecting Soc Trang, Can Tho and An Giang with Cambodia is in place, more industrial zones will be built in the region, thereby helping boost manufacturing operations there.

“If this is the case, the Mekong Delta can be on a par with the region of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Binh Phuoc provinces,” he said, adding that this region flourishes thanks to its seaport system and neighboring Tan Son Nhat International Airport in HCMC.

He added that the Mekong Delta is already home to Can Tho International Airport. If the Tran De Seaport comes into existence, the entire region will see significant manufacturing improvements to boost its exports and overall economic development.

Aside from the maritime industry, it is also necessary to increase investments in transport infrastructure, especially in the road transport sector.

Minister The said that the Transport Ministry and the People’s Committee of Tien Giang Province are working together to adjust the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway project, in line with the prime minister’s instructions.

The Government has decided to offer financial support worth VND2.186 trillion (US$94.2 million) for the project, of which VND500 billion is sourced from the mid-term capital fund. The expressway will be opened to traffic by late 2020.

Regarding the My Thuan 2 Bridge linking Tien Giang and Vinh Long provinces, the National Assembly has chosen to allocate VND5.1 trillion. “The ministry has already approved this project. Work on the project is expected to start in December 2019 and finish in 2023,” he said.

Regarding an expressway section from My Thuan to Can Tho, he said the Government has asked the Ministry of Finance to consider using excess revenue from 2018 to allocate VND932 billion (around US$40 million) for the Ministry of Transport to develop the project whose bidding process is likely to take place later this year.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung echoed the same view, saying that priority should be given to capital allocations for roads, as specified in regional and inter-regional plans, along with waterways.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Phuc said that without proper transport infrastructure, it is impossible for the Mekong Delta to flourish.

“Among solutions, a breakthrough in infrastructure is the most important. The infrastructure here not only names bridges, roads, and airports, but also includes social infrastructure, schools, healthcare (facilities) and cultural institutions. (It can be) integrated into smart infrastructures, while digital connectivity is adopted more widely,” he said.

He added that there will be a conference on connectivity between the Mekong Delta, the southeastern region and HCMC in the near future.

In the short run, the Trung Luong-My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway needs to be opened to traffic in 2020, while the entire route needs to be available in 2021.

“This is a promise of the Minister of Transport, and of the Government. The Government will fully address the issues about policy mechanisms and funding,” he said.

Regarding other tasks in the time ahead, the Government leader underlined those related to climate change and sustainable development.

It is important to combine economic development and adaptation to climate change, he said, citing the successful examples of Israel and the Netherlands. He also called for research into climate change adaptation solutions for the region.

The Government is also planning a conference to review the execution of its resolution on sustainable and climate-resilient development of the Mekong Delta. One of the issues to be discussed at the event will be the allocation of resources for the region’s development.

 
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