HA NOI — The administrative and political centre of the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau is set to be relocated from Vung Tau City to Ba Ria Township by the end of April.
Director of the provincial Department of Construction Nguyen Huu Manh said contractors had pledged to finish all related construction by the end of next month.
Most of the project has already been completed, including the provincial People's Committee's office and the interior of the conference centre. Local governmental source said contractors were finishing work on infrastructure such as roads, power supply, lights and communications.
Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Minh Sanh has also urged the construction department to focus on speeding up work to ensure it is completed by the deadline.
"At the beginning, we planned to complete the relocation by the end of 2011," Sanh said, "but due to delays in construction and purchase of equipment, the project's deadline has been shifted back by several months."
Sanh said several agencies and departments had already moved to new offices in Ba Ria Township, with the provincial court, people's procuracy, military command and library already open for business.
The new offices are scheduled to be handed over to the management board in the first half of April.
The project, under Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's Decision No15/2007/QD-TTg dated January 29, 2007, aims to make Ba Ria Township the province's administrative centre as well as it's biggest trade and economic exchange centre.
The relocation of the administrative centre also aims to prioritise tourism development in Vung Tau City, as well as make Ba Ria Township a development core for neighbouring districts.
The new centre is expected to create favourable conditions for organisations and individuals to implement public policy activities. — VNS