|A mock-up of the proposed Long Thành International Airport in the southern province of Đồng Nai. — Photo zing.vn|
ĐỒNG NAI — Đồng Nai Province is looking for the Prime Minister’s approval to be named the main investor for Phase 1 of a bomb and mine clearance project needed before the construction of Long Thành International Airport can commence.
The request was made on Monday when transport minister Nguyễn Văn Thể and the working group met with the provincial People’s Committee to discuss issues related to the mega-airport project in Long Thành District, zing.vn reported.
The first phase of mine clearance is expected to cost VNĐ50 billion (US$).
When approved, the province will co-ordinate with the Ministry of National Defence to carry out the project.
Trần Văn Vĩnh, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that assigning bomb clearance to one investor would save time so that land could be handed over to the airport’s investor.
The province has also asked the ministry to consider expanding the HCM City-Long Thành-Dầu Giây Expressway to 10 lanes to ensure traffic runs smoothly when the airport is put into use.
It also asked Airport Corporation of Việt Nam (ACV) to prioritise the use of local labour resources to build the airport, giving priority to households that had been relocated for the project.
According to an ACV survey, it would need about 10,000 workers, said Đỗ Tất Bình, deputy general director of ACV.
In the short term, ACV needs about 2,500-3,000 employees; 50 per cent unskilled and the rest trained labourers.
Covering a total area of more than 5,580 hectares, the airport will be located in six communes in Long Thành District in Đồng Nai Province.
The airport’s total investment is VNĐ336.63 trillion, with construction divided into three phases. — VNS