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HCMC seeks to develop eight key transport projects

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HCMC – The HCMC People’s Committee will present eight key transport infrastructure projects at a total investment of over VND33 trillion to the HCMC People’s Council for consideration and study at the mid-year meeting scheduled for July.

Addressing a meeting between the municipal People’s Committee and People’s Council on June 4, Luong Minh Phuc, director of the management board for construction and investment of urban traffic, said these are important and urgent projects that will contribute to reducing traffic congestion in the city.

They include the 50-kilometer HCMC-Moc Bai Expressway (over VND13.6 trillion), two bridges on N2 and N4 streets in Thu Thiem new urban area (VND198 billion), two sections of Belt Road No. 2 (over VND13.3 trillion), the An Phu intersection (over VND1 trillion), the expansion of National Highway No. 50 (some VND1.5 trillion), the renovation of National Highway No. 22 (VND935 billion) and the Nguyen Khoai Bridge connecting districts 1, 4 and 7 (over VND2.5 trillion).

Chairwoman of the HCMC People’s Council Nguyen Thi Le asked the management board for construction and investment of urban traffic to comprehensively assess the impact of the projects on the environment and people’s livelihoods and their efficiency before submitting them to the council.

According to Le, careful and comprehensive evaluation will help avoid delays, which could seriously affect the lives and livelihood of the people.

She said a number of transport infrastructure projects in the city have been delayed for years, such as Long Kieng Bridge in Nha Be District, which remains unfinished 20 years after it was kicked off, and Bung Bridge in Tan Phu District that has seen little progress over the past three years.

Delegate Nguyen Tan Tuyen proposed that the management board carefully estimate each project’s investment to avoid capital adjustments later, citing My Thuy intersection as an example after its investment was adjusted three times from the initial VND838 billion to nearly VND2 trillion.

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