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Bridge project held up by land issues

Update: July, 10/2012 - 09:51

DONG NAI — A plan to open the new Ghenh 2 Bridge, which was built following an accident last February, is likely to lag behind schedule for at least five months due to slow land clearance in the southern province of Dong Nai.

The construction of the bridge started after an order by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung following a tragic accident that killed two and injured 26 others early last year.

The accident occurred between a north-south train and six cars while they were crossing the Ghenh Railroad Bridge.

The Ghenh 2 Bridge is being built to separate trains and other vehicles to curb deadly collisions.

At the beginning of this year, the Viet Nam Railways Corporation began to build Ghenh 2 connecting Buu Hoa Ward and Hiep Hoa Commune in the province's Dong Nai City.

However, the construction has met with troubles in relocating 30 local households around the area.

According to the investor, only nine local households have been relocated so far.

According to a Viet Nam News Agency correspondent in the province, slow hand over of land for resettlement purposes from the city's Land Fund and local people's dissatisfaction over compensations rate were the main cause of the delay.

In response to the situation, chairman of the provincial People's Committee Dinh Quoc Thai discussed the situation with relevant agencies and the investor to solve the situation at a meeting on Wednesday meeting.

To ensure the progress of the construction, Thai ordered the city's Land Fund Management Board to quickly finalise compensation for local people.

The 500-metre Ghenh 2 Bridge, costing over VND578 billion (US$27.7 million) and funded by the State Budget, will be 18 metres wide with four lanes. — VNS

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