|Hoa Trung Bridge, which crosses the Ganh Hao River and links Ca Mau City and Dam Doi District, helps travellers no longer have to travel several hours by boat. — VNS Photo Ngoc Han
KIEN GIANG (VNS) — Construction on a road linking Can Tho City and Kien Giang Province in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region began yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The 53.3km Lo Te-Rach Soi Road will run from Thot Not District in Can Tho to Kien Giang Province's Chau Thanh District with a maximum speed of 100km/h.
Using official development assistance (ODA) from the Republic of Korea (RoK) through the Economic Development Co-operation Fund, the project is significant to socio-economic development and transportation in the region.
Its first phase will cost VND6.7 trillion (US$301 million). Of this, VND4,2 trillion ($200 million) came from the RoK government. Construction will last 30 months.
Addressing the event, PM Dung said the road formed part of the Ho Chi Minh Highway running from Pac Bo in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang to Ca Mau Cape in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.
The Ho Chi Minh Highway, along with National Highway 1, was built in service of national defence, and to protect national security and socio-economic development in regions across the country, he added.
The Lo Te-Rach Soi section played an important role in socio-economic links between HCM City and other localities in the Long Xuyen Quadrangular area, which covers Kien Giang and An Giang provinces and Can Tho, the leader stressed.
It would also help form a regional transport network, consolidate national defence and security in the region, and fully tap the southern coastal corridor, he said.
The PM used the occasion to thank the RoK government and investors for their support for Viet Nam's infrastructure development.
On Saturday, PM Dung attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a facility symbolic of the Ha Noi flagpole in Ca Mau Cape, the last point of the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
The flagpole will be built at a cost of VND140 billion ($6.3 million), funded by the capital city of Ha Noi and through other resources.
The same day, work started on the construction of a wind-power plant on Khai Long beach in Dat Mui Commune, Ngoc Hien District, Ca Mau Province in the presence of PM Dung.
The 100MW plant is part of the country's clean energy development programme in line with national industrialisation and modernisation and adapting to climate change.
PM opens highway section
On the samer day, the inauguration of a 58.7km road section in the southernmost Ca Mau Province by PM Dung on Saturday marks the completion of the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
The Nam Can to Dat Mui section — and the new Hoa Trung Bridge — link Ca Mau City and Dam Doi District, meaning travellers no longer have to travel several hours by boat.
Work on the 1,286m, VND380 billion ($17 million) bridge began in July last year. The road section cost another VND3.9 trillion ($177 million).
At the inauguration, Dung said the two projects play a very important role for the south-western region as well as the whole country.
He hailed the Ministry of Transport and the Ho Chi Minh Highway Project Management Board for completing the work on schedule.
He said Viet Nam is on its way to industrialisation and modernisation, and bridging the gap with other countries is vital.
He urged the provincial People's Committee to make use of the locality's advantages and potential for socio-economic development.
The country's southernmost part should undergo faster and sustainable development for improving its people's living conditions, he said.
After opening traffic for the route, the ministry and relevant agencies will continue to complete remaining parts of the projects.
Chairman of the Ca Mau People's Committee, Nguyen Tien Hai, said the completion of the work means people do not have to rely on boats to travel to Dam Doi, the province's largest district.
Expressing happiness at the completion, Ly Hoang Tien, People's Committee chairman of Ngoc Hien District – home to Dat Mui Commune — said for months, wherever he travelled, people spoke about the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
Getting the road has been the aspiration of generations of people in the isolated part of the country, he added.
A few months ago many people began to take boats to markets to buying motorbikes, he said. — VNS