|A section of the Xuyên Tâm Canal in Bình Chánh District, one of six vital projects HCM City is seeking central funds for|
HCM CITY— Hồ Chí Minh City has asked the central Government for VNĐ21.7 trillion (US$960 million) for three infrastructure projects and upgrading three hospitals.
In a proposal it has sent to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, it wanted the Government to allocate the money over the next five years.
The rest will be used to build the HCM City-Mộc Bài Expressway, dredging the Xuyên Tâm Canal and upgrading the Hy Vọng Canal at a cost of VNĐ5.9 trillion, VNĐ9.4 trillion and VNĐ2 trillion respectively.
The expressway is set to begin in 2023 and finish in 2025.
The city said it is committed to speeding up the progress of the three projects to improve people’s quality of life and enable stable development.
The remaining VNĐ4.5 trillion will be used to buy advanced equipment for three general hospitals in Thủ Đức City, and Hóc Môn and Củ Chi districts.
The upgrades and improvement in their capacities are meant to ease the burden on healthcare facilities in the inner-city areas. VNS