|A map showing the planned ring roads Nos 3 and 4 in HCM City. — Photo courtesy of the HCM City Department of Transport|
HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Transport plans to earmark VNĐ225 trillion (US$9.89 billion) for 59 key transport infrastructure projects in 2021-25.
It has sent a proposal about them to the Department of Planning and Investment to begin planning.
Of the amount, about VNĐ115.6 trillion ($5.07 billion) will be sourced from the central Government.
Three ring roads are among the projects.
Investment procedures have not been finalised for three remaining sections of Ring Road No. 2 running more than 11km and estimated to cost VNĐ26 trillion ($1.14 billion) including for acquiring land.
The VNĐ93 trillion ($3.97 billion) Ring Road No.3 will be more than 90km long, pass through HCM City and Đồng Nai, Bình Dương and Long An provinces and be built under a public-private partnership.
Ring Road No. 4 will be a 198km expressway running through HCM City and the provinces of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Bình Dương, Đồng Nai and Long An, and its construction is expected to start before 2030.
Priority will also be given to four supporting infrastructure and other projects for the city’s metro routes, and they will cost nearly VNĐ2.3 trillion ($101 million).
They include work to connect the under-construction first bus rapid transit route (BRT No. 1) with metro line No. 1 that will run between Bến Thành Market in District 1 and Suối Tiên Theme Park in Thủ Đức, connect metro line No. 1 and 2 at the Bến Thành Central Station, install elevators at station pedestrian bridges on metro line No. 1, and set up a monitoring system for the route.
The HCM City-Mộc Bài Expressway between the city and Tây Ninh Province, and the HCM City - Thủ Dầu Một - Chơn Thành Expressway to Bình Phước Province through Bình Dương will cost VNĐ15.9 trillion ($699 million) and VNĐ21.2 trillion ($932 million).
Some VNĐ10 trillion ($439.5 million) is needed for construction of the Cần Giờ Bridge between Nhà Bè and Cần Giờ districts, and VNĐ5.3 trillion ($233 million) for the Thủ Thiêm 4 Bridge between Thủ Đức City and District 7.
The department has also listed construction of several new roads and bridges, widening and upgrades of existing roads, building new wharves, preventing erosion, and other works. — VNS