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Highway expansion hits a rocky slope

Update: June, 11/2014 - 08:09
Work underway on expanding the Ho Chi Minh Highway in the Central Highlands. A shortage of suitable rocks is likely to slow down the construction of part of the highway running through the Central Highland provinces of Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc. — VNA/VNS Photo Ngoc Ha

HA NOI (VNS) — A lack of suitable rock is likely to slow down the construction of part of Ho Chi Minh Highway running through the Central Highland provinces of Dak Nong and Binh Phuoc.

Director of the highway management board Lam Van Hoang said that 11 stone providers were unable to supply crushed rock because their licences had expired.

"It takes them at least six months to get an extension or apply for new ones," Hoang said.

He said the demand for stones would increase when work speeded up during the dry season that started in Novemner.

"Now is the time for quarry merchants to make sure they have sufficient supplies,"" Hoang said.

Nguyen Dinh Tuyen, director of Truong Hai Ltd Company, a quarry based in Dak Nong Province, said that in January, the provincial People's Committee allowed the company to continue mining even though its licence was invalid.

The company, which has supplied about 40 per cent of crushed rock for the highway in Dak Nong, is now waiting for licence extension procedures to be approved by Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Last month, the ministry asked the company to stop mining because the province was not authorised to grant a temporary mining licence.

Khang Thinh Stone Mining Ltd Co in Binh Phuoc Province's Bu Dang District submitted an application to explore for sources of stone last month after its mining licence expired.

Hoang, from the highway management board, said the Ministry of Transport was being allow mining sites to operate normally while waiting for their applications to be processed.

"An exception is needed because the highland through central provinces is planned to open for traffic by the end of next year," he said. — VNS


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