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PM greenlights plan to set up rail, road buffer zones

Update: June, 30/2014 - 10:10

HA NOI (VNS) — A plan to clean up the illegal homes and shops sitting just inches away from road and rail lines throughout the country has been approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The plan aims to reduce the many deadly accidents caused by so many squatters living and doing business next to busy traffic corridors.

The Directorate for Roads has been ordered to co-operate with localities to remove all illegal buildings.

It has also been told to submit plans to evict and compensate those who are moved to provincial People's Committees before June 30 next year.

The Ministry of Transport's rail management agency has been told to finish building barriers to close unofficial level crossings nation-wide by 2017, Dung said.

The agency has also been asked to improve the quality of official level crossings nationwide, including erecting traffic signs to warn and inform the public.

It has been told to ensure safety at the junctions between railroads and national highways between Ha Noi and HCM City within two years.

The budget to implement the plan has been financed from the State budget, local budgets and other sources.

The transport ministry has been told to send an annual report to the Government about the implementation of the plan before January 31.

Seven ministries including construction, finance, planning and investment, and public security have been asked to co-operate with the transport ministry to implement the plan. — VNS

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