|Coastal highways in northern provinces will play an important role in socio-economic development. — Photo cafef.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The Prime Minister has approved a plan to build a coastal highway in the north.
The 160km-long highway will pass through six coastal provinces and cities of Thanh Hoa, Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, as well as Hai Phong and Quang Ninh.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2020, except some sections that will pass through Thai Binh and Nam Dinh provinces, which will be completed after 2020.
The detailed plan had been approved in January 2010.
The coastal highway is one of the key transport projects that will play an important role in the socio-economic strategies of the region.
The Prime Minister has asked the Ministry of Transport and relevant agencies to set up plans for implementation.
The project will need a large investment capital. So the Ministry of Planning and Investment has been asked to prepare detailed financial plans.
Close co-operation among the local authorities and relevant offices is required to ensure completion of the project as per schedule.
In March, the leaders of the provinces held a meeting to discuss the preparatory work for the project.
Quang Ninh Province's People's Committee Chairman Nguyen Van Doc said his province agreed the project would help to increase the competiveness of the whole region, as well as create opportunities for the socio-economic development of each province.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, a 100km-long coastal highway in the central southern Ninh Thuan Province was opened to traffic.
The highway plays an important role in the economy, politics, culture and national defence and security of the province in particular, and the central southern region in general.
The VND4.6-trillion (US$213 million) Ninh Thuan coastal highway was built with aid from the government bond capital fund and assistance fund. — VNS