HCM CITY — Land clearance continues to be a major stumbling block in implementing infrastructure construction projects in HCM City, says the city People's Committee deputy chairman Nguyen Huu Tin.
Addressing a meeting held last Friday to discuss measures to resolve difficulties in carrying out major transportation projects, Tin said site clearance problems including compensation for relocated residents posed the most serious challenge.
The Transport Department has reported that many key projects have fallen behind their deadlines, negatively impacting traffic quality and safety.
Administrative procedures, the amount of compensation and a lack of resettlement facilities and other options were delaying ground clearance. For instance, a project to expand a key 14km road that links HCM City and Long An Province began in early 2009 and was expected to be completed by March 2010. But part of the construction has not even started due to site clearance delays.
Another key project is the 13.6km long road linking Tan Son Nhat Airport and the ring road. The project, which is expected to open to public early in 2014, has been slowed down by ground clearance problems in the districts of Go Vap, Tan Binh and Thu Duc.
The tardy pace of other important projects including the Ha Noi Highway, the eastern ring road which links Phu My and Rach Chiec bridges, and the city metro system (which is two years behind schedule) is also the result of site clearance delays.
Tin said the city planned to speed up the above-mentioned projects this year after taking drastic measures to clear ground for construction. He did not specify what the drastic measures would entail.
Key projects expected to be completed this year would be prioritised, he said.
The city would closely supervise disbursement of projects that are receiving official development assistance funds, he added. — VNS