|The ring road will be over 330km long, running through 36 districts in Ha Noi and the provinces of Hoa Binh, Ha Nam, Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen and Vinh Phuc.— Photo baodautu
HA NOI (VNS)— The Government has approved a detailed plan for the construction of Ring Road No 5 around Ha Noi.
The ring road will be over 330km long, running through 36 districts in Ha Noi and the provinces of Hoa Binh, Ha Nam, Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen and Vinh Phuc.
It will also overlap the Noi Bai-Ha Long, Ha Noi-Thai Nguyen, Noi Bai-Lao Cai and National Highway No 3 routes. Total investment for the ring road is estimated at over VND85.6 trillion (US$4 billion).
Ring road No 5 should be opened to traffic by 2020 to link cities and provinces around the capital.
In 2008, the Government approved a plan to develop the region -the nation's political, cultural and economic centre – into a high-quality, investor-friendly urban zone by 2050.
After the expansion of Ha Noi and the merger with Ha Tay and part of Hoa Binh in 2008, the provinces of Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang have also been included in the region's development plan.
The region occupies an area of over 24,300sq.km with a population of about 17.5 million people. — VNS