Too many contractors, heavy rain, slow clearances blamed
HA NOI — A number of key transport projects with foreign contractors were lagging behind schedule, said Duong Viet Roan, deputy director of the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau under the Transport Ministry.
|The Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway is under construction near Kim Duc Commune in northern Phu Tho Province's Viet Tri City. The expressway is among a number of key transport projects lagging behind schedule. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Viet
Roan told a conference on Wednesday that Chinese and South Korean constructors won seven out of eight construction and installation packages for the Noi Bai–Lao Cai Expressway project.
The construction of the 244-km expressway was started three years ago and expected to be completed late next year.
However, to date, constructors have completed 27 per cent of the total work and disbursed 28.9 per cent of committed investment.
Similarly, on the Ha Noi-Hai Phong Expressway project, South Korean constructors won five out of 10 bidding packages and Chinese won four.
But again, all construction work is 13 per cent to 55 per cent behind schedule. Another slow project is the HCM City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Express, which began in June 2010, and was expected to be finished this year.
Explaining for the slow progress, Lee Sen Hoon, director of Posco E&C, a constructor for the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway project, blamed lack of progress on slow land clearance and heavy rain.
Meanwhile, general director of the Viet Nam Expressway Corporation Mai Tuan Anh, a project investor, said that many foreign constructors failed to achieve their commitments due to a shortage of competent workers, equipment and finance. Francisco Favier de Bonifaz, lead consultant from Gentisa Construction Supervisory and Constancy, said it was unreasonable to blame weather conditions as constructors should have studied and considered this factor.
He said that the project was slow because constructors signed agreements with too many sub-constructors, leading to difficulties in making progress.
Speaking at the conference, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang said that constructors who failed to ensure the quality and speed of projects would be penalised under the signed contracts.
"As a developing country, Viet Nam has huge demand for infrastructure development," Thang said, adding that constructors with poor performance would get few chances in future.
Early this week, Ha Noi People's Committee vice chairman Nguyen Van Khoi called for more co-ordination among relevant agencies to speed up three key transport projects in the city. They are the Nhat Tan Bridge Project, the road to link the bridge and Noi Bai Airport, and the Noi Bai-Lao Cai Expressway.
Land clearance and compensation for residents in affected areas are still considered major bottlenecks to completing work on time. — VNS