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Money sought for rural roads

Update: June, 13/2015 - 09:06
Workers lays asphalt on an inter-commune road in Hoc Mon District in HCM City.The city plans to complete linkages between all rural roads from now to 2020. — VNA/VNS Thanh Vu
HCM CITY  (VNS) — The city's People's Committee has asked the Ministry of Transport to allocate state funds and to call for private investors to build roads and bridges in rural areas.

From now to 2020, the city, as part of the National Programme of Building New Rural Areas, plans to complete linkages between all rural roads.

It also aims to have all axis roads in communes to have at least two lanes and be asphalted or cemented by 2020.

In addition, all small canals used for transport purposes will be upgraded to prevent bank erosion.

The city also targets having bus services in all communes by 2020. Twenty-seven of 56 rural communes in HCM City now meet all 19 criteria under the national rural areas programme, including transport criteria.

The 56 rural communes have built or upgraded more than 1,100 roads with a total length of 754 km. The costs were mobilised from various sources, including the State budget, investors, local residents and loans.

Under the programme, local residents have donated more than 1.2 million sq.m of land worth VND1 trillion (US$47.6 million) to build infrastructure projects, mostly transport infrastructure projects. — VNS

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