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Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet expy may fall behind schedule due to sand shortage

By N. Tan

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HCMC – The contractors of the Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet expressway have suspended construction work since the end of last year due to a lack of 920,000 cubic meters of sand for the roadbed.

Since December 10, 2022, the contractors have not had sufficient building materials for execution of the project while they have mobilized necessary machinery, equipment and human resources.

The Ministry of Transport attributed the failure to extend the operation of the mines to the shortage of sand for the roadbed.

According to the ministry, the project could only be completed by April 30 this year, given the availability of sand early this month and the mobilization of all resources. Meanwhile, it takes at least one month to complete the application procedure for the extension of the operation of the mines.

To prevent waste, minimize costs for the contractors and be able to meet the deadline of April 30 this year, the ministry proposed the prime minister authorize the Binh Thuan Province People’s Committee to extend the operation of mines providing sand for roadbeds in accordance with a special mechanism of Resolution 60 without considering the date of filing the application for an extension.

The ministry also sought the prime minister’s approval for the contractors to continue mining sand while waiting for the extension.

The 100-kilometer-long Vinh Hao-Phan Thiet expressway has a total investment cost of VND11,000 billion. Work on the project has been executed since September 2020 and is expected to last until the end of 2022; however, its completion date had to be rescheduled to April 30 this year for many reasons.

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