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VN seeks $40M for expressway site clearance

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Construction of the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway is underway. TTXVN

VN seeks $40M for expressway site clearance

Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has proposed the government allocate 932 billion dong ($40 million) from contingency reserves for the My Thuan-Can Tho expressway project to entice businesses to invest in the project.

The sum is part of the total investment for project of 5.4 trillion dong, but the ministry has proposed disbursing it now to complete land clearance work to find an investor for the project.

Potential investors have been reluctant to get involved, largely due to the Law on Management and Use of Public Assets which took effect in January this year, which dictated that they must win a tender to collect toll fees on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway to fund the My Thuan-Can Tho expressway project.

Previously, FDI firm Thang Long Management Board under the Ministry of Transport submitted a shortlist of investors to the ministry.

However, with the change in legal documents, the selection process for project’s investors must be conducted again.

Eleven investors, including those from the Republic of Korea and China, have expressed interest.

Earlier in 2016, then Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the My Thuan-Can Tho Highway project in the Mekong Delta being conducted under the build-operate-transfer mode.

Accordingly, toll booths would be built on the Ho Chi Minh City-Trung Luong Expressway (from the city to Tien Giang province) to fund the project, and also on the new highway once completed.

The ministry said the My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway, part of the Ho Chi Minh City-Can Tho Expressway, is an important route in the north-south expressway system, facilitating transport between Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta.

The volume of vehicles on this route will increase rapidly in the coming time, especially after the construction of My Thuan 2 Bridge, it said.

The 23.6km My Thuan-Can Tho Expressway will start at the intersection of National Highway 80, and will end at the Cha Va Intersection of National Highway 1A, both in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long. Viet nam news

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