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Minister urges nation to ramp up construction

Update: January, 20/2015 - 08:00
A stretch of the Ho Chi Minh Highway at Buon Ho Town in Dac Lak Province. The Ministry of Transport urged all sectors and localities to complete key infrastructure projects this year. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang

HA NOI (VNS) — Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang said yesterday that his sector would strive to complete 115 infrastructure projects and start 54 new projects this year.

Speaking at an online conference with 63 provinces and cities nationwide to review work of 2014 and set targets for 2015, Thang urged all sectors and localities to speed up disbursement and construction for key projects so that 46 projects could be started or completed within the first quarter.

These projects include the upgrading and expansion of the National Highway 1A section that runs from Vung Ang in the central province of Ha Tinh to the Mekong province of Can Tho and the Ho Chi Minh Highway section running through the Tay Nguyen (Central Highlands) area.

Regarding development investment projects, Thang said that the sector would strive to finish all plans and disburse all the assigned capital of over VND86.6 trillion (US$4.1 billion), of which more than VND37.7 trillion (nearly $1.8 billion) come from State bonds while the remainder is from outside the State budget.

"First of all, we will focus on the management of transport fees and vehicle weight to ensure a healthy environment for transport enterprises to operate their business," Thang stressed.

He asked transport enterprises to make plans to serve passengers during Tet and co-operate with other sectors to prevent accidents, stressing that enterprises must prepare enough buses for people to travel before, during and after Tet.

The transport sector will also speed up equitisation for its State-owned companies, of which 14 will be completed this year and 29 others will start the process. — VNS

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