|Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai checks progress on the 13.2km Deo Ca Tunnel connecting Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces. The highway running through the tunnel will allow speeds of up to 80km/hour and is set to open in July 2017. He called on the builders to remain vigilant about labour safety. — VNA/VNS Photo The Lap
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on Thursday visited the construction site of the Deo Ca Tunnel Project which will connect the two central provinces of Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa.
Speaking at a conference held on the same day, Hai praised the project's contractor for their efforts to cut costs and stay on schedule, while ensuring workers' safety.
With the approval of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Transport, work shall also begin on the Cu Mong Tunnel Project in September, which will link the central provinces of Phu Yen and Binh Dinh, the Deo Ca Investment JSC announced at the conference.
Construction of the tunnel started in 2012 under the management of Deo Ca Investment JSC with total investment of VND15.6 trillion (US$715 million).
However, the actual cost of the project was reduced to nearly VND11.4 trillion ($523 million) after the contractor implemented technological innovations and financial maneuvers.
The project consists of two tunnels, and the Deo Ca Tunnel is scheduled for completion in July 2017.
The Co Ma Tunnel is scheduled for completion in August. The construction of roads and bridges leading to the two tunnels are also ahead of schedule.
The deputy PM urged Deo Ca Investment JSC to build on their success and reputation as a capable contractor for projects that require high levels of technical and management expertise.
He noted that the company must remain vigilant on labour safety issues, step up efforts on cost-saving and seal BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) and PPP (Public Private Partnership) deals.
Deputy PM Hai also ordered local authorities to support the Deo Ca Tunnel Project by facilitating land clearance, resident relocation and the establishment of toll booths to make sure the project will proceed uninterrupted. — VNS