|The construction of the Ca Na–Hiep Kiet route is behind schedule because of a shortage in human and financial resources.— Photo nld
NINH THUAN (VNS) — The construction of the Ca Na–Hiep Kiet route is behind schedule because of a shortage in human and financial resources, according to local officials.
The 105-kilometre route along the coast of the central Ninh Thuan province, which is being constructed at a total investment of VND4.55 trillion (US$216 million), is expected to become the main trading gateway between famous coastal tourism destinations in the central provinces of Binh Thuan and Khanh Hoa.
The project is divided into eight phases, seven of which will be funded by government bond sales of over VND4.35 trillion ($207 million), while the last phase will receive support from a State budget-funded programme to develop infrastructure.
The construction, which officially began in October 2009, had been expected to finish last year.
However, only two of the eight phases have been completed, while the other phases are still ongoing.
Some project contractors were found to be incompetent, while others were found to be executing other traffic projects at the same time, which led to delays in the completion of the project, according to a report by the Ministry of Transport.
"Although the province's Transport Department has asked the contractors several times to speed up progress on the project, the delays have continued," Pham Van Dinh, the head of the Steering Committee of the province's Transport Projects told the Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer) newspaper.
"The department has reduced the work of three contractors who were executing phases slowly and assigned those tasks to other contractors with better capabilities," he added.
Dinh noted that until now, only 35 per cent of the total investment, about VND1.6 trillion ($76 million), had been allocated to the project, which has led to construction delays. — VNS