CAN THO (VNS)— Work to upgrade and expand a section of Highway 91, which shapes part of a transport project linking Cambodia with Viet Nam, got underway in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho yesterday.
The section, running through the provinces of Kien Giang and An Giang, will be 11metres wide and 28 kilometres long with two vehicle lanes when it is completed in 22 months.
The Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) project worth nearly VND1.6 trillion (roughly US$75.2 million) was expected to shorten travel distance for goods and passengers between Can Tho, An Giang and Kien Giang, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Dao Anh Dung said.
Director of the Sonadezi Industrial Zone Development Company Do Thi Thu Hang said as an investor, her company pledged to do its utmost to ensure the progress as well as the quality of the project.
As the largest city in the granary-labelled delta, Can Tho has set a goal of becoming an industrial hub in the region by 2015, with industry accounting for 46.9 percent of its local economy.
The city has trade relationships with over 80 countries and territories from across the world. Besides traditional markets in Japan, the US and the EU, the city has also expanded its export markets to the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. — VNS