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Ministry to start work on expressway by December

Update: February, 16/2012 - 10:31

HCM CITY — The Ministry of Transport has targeted the beginning of construction on the Da Nang – Quang Ngai Expressway at the end of the year.

Construction on Da Nang – Quang Ngai expressway, which runs from Da Nang City's Hoa Vang District through Quang Nam and to Quang Ngai's Ring Road, was to begin in December. It is expected to be put into operation in 2016.

However, construction of the 130-km expressway has not begun because of a lack of investment capital.

The expressway, which costs nearly VND28 trillion (US$1.47 billion), will be built with loans from the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

On Thursday, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang and his official group worked in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces on the two provinces' major transport projects, including the expressway.

Dinh Van Thu, deputy chairman of the Quang Nam Province People's Committee, said the task of land clearance and compensation for the expressway in Dien Ban, Phu Ninh and Nui Thanh districts and Tam Ky City was implemented slowly because of capital shortage.

The province has been allocated only VND26 billion ($1.2 million) of VND1.8 trillion ($86.3 million)for the task, he said.

Thang said the expressway investor was waiting for loans from the World Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

However, the ministry will soon have measures to speed up the procedures of building the expressway so that construction can begin at the end of the year.

He also pledged that his ministry would finish upgrading a section of National Highway No. 1A in Quang Nam and Quang Ngai provinces within the next four years. — VNS

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