HA NOI — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has urged investors and contractors to speed up progress on three key transportation projects in order to ensure their completion by the end of 2014.
The projects include the Nhat Tan Bridge and its link roads, the construction of the road connecting Noi Bai International Airport to Nhat Tan Bridge, and the construction of Noi Bai airport's Terminal 2.
Speaking following an inspection of these projects on Saturday, Hai said all were about 20 months behind schedule due to site clearance challenges.
Hai asked the Ministry of Transport to guide investors and contractors to co-ordinate plans to complete the three projects at the same time. Currently, the first two construction projects were slated for completion by September 2014, while Noi Bai Airport's T2 terminal was projected to be completed by December 2014.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong said that the projects were under control, with only the road linking Nhat Tan Bridge to Noi Bai Airport slowed due to ongoing site clearance and resettlement issues.
The ministry could guarantee that the work was on schedule if the city completed this process by the end of this May at the latest, Truong said.
The general director of the project management board, Nguyen Ngoc Canh, said that site clearance in the residential area south of Nhat Tan Bridge and the removal of electrical lines in Vinh Ngoc Ward should be completed soon.
However, the first and second also currently lacked about VND1.4 trillion (US$67.2 milion) in order to progress on schedule. Ha Noi City has put up about VND100 billion ($4.8 million) so far.
The T2 terminal project also would require another VND693 billion ($33.2 million) for site clearance and resettlement, but had received only VND189 billion ($9 million). — VNS