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WB funds estuary upgrade

Update: February, 24/2014 - 08:33

A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Nam Dinh City yesterday for a project that would upgrade major waterway corridors and river ports in the Lach Giang Estuary.— Photo dantri

NAM DINH (VNS) — A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Nam Dinh City yesterday for a project that would upgrade major waterway corridors and river ports in the Lach Giang Estuary.

The city is the capital of the northern province of Nam Dinh, which neighbours Ha Noi.

A project document from the World Bank, which is funding the upgrade, said it is a part of the Northern Delta Transport Development Project, "which aims at enhancing the efficiency, environmental sustainability and safety of transport infrastructure and services through the alleviation of physical and institutional bottlenecks in two major waterway corridors in the Northern Delta Region."

Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said the project was of great significance in ensuring regional socio-economic development.

He asked the investor and contractors to use the World Bank loan efficiently and implement the project on time.

Hai also asked the Ministry of Transport to co-ordinate closely with relevant agencies in tackling problems that come up during the project's implementation.

The Lach Giang Estuary upgrade is also the main part of the US$110 million National Waterway Corridor 3 (Ha Noi – Lach Giang) improvement project.

It is expected to facilitate better exploitation of the regional waterway system and improve connectivity of the national waterway network.

The World Bank release noted that it would also result in the "ability of target waterways to receive larger vessels, resulting in lower transport costs and emissions of greenhouse gases and local pollutants per ton-kilometer, faster travel times, and safer navigation." — VNS

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