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National Road 30 to be widened

Update: May, 18/2015 - 09:49
More than 30 kilometres of National Road 30 will be widened under a US$52.5 million project that began yesterday in the southern province of Dong Thap. — Photo zing

DONG THAP (VNS) — More than 30 kilometres of National Road 30 will be widened under a US$52.5 million project that began yesterday in the southern province of Dong Thap's Cao Lanh City. The move aims to ease traffic congestion on the road.

The widening will be carried out across Dong Thap and neighbouring Tien Giang provinces so that vehicles can travel safely at speeds of 60 to 80 km per hour. It is expected to take 18 months.

Transport Deputy Minister Nguyen Van The asked local authorities and residents to co-operate on land clearance work for the project

National Road 30 is a key transport route connecting several provinces in the Mekong Delta, including Dong Thap, Tien Giang, Long An and Can Tho.

Meanwhile, a new hydro-power plant was opened in the Mekong Delta province of Lam Dong on Saturday.

The Dong Nai 2 plant is expected to add about 263.8 million kilowatts a year to the national power grid. This is enough for about 250,000 people.

The plant was started on the Da Dang River in December, 2007 by the local-based Trung Nam Hydropower Co., JSC.

The total cost of the plant was about VND3.5 trillion ($162.7 million).

The Trung Nam Company had to pay compensation for more than 1,100 hectares of farming land taken from residents.

Most of the 1,200 affected households lived in the two districts of Di Linh and Lam Ha and were ethnic minority people. — VNS

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