Prepare for possible cost overruns on North-South expressway: NA deputies

Update: November, 09/2017 – 10:06 vietnamnews

The transport ministry should consider the possibility of cost overruns and prepare accordingly as it prepares to build a 654km section of the North-South expressway, NA deputies said yesterday. — Photo dantri.com.vn

HÀ NỘI – The transport ministry should consider the possibility of cost overruns and prepare accordingly as it prepares to build a 654km section of the North-South expressway, NA deputies said yesterday.

Their comments came during discussions in the afternoon about the construction project that is to be implemented over a four-year (2017-2020) period. The construction will take place in the eastern part of the country. Continue reading “Prepare for possible cost overruns on North-South expressway: NA deputies”

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Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution

Published on Monday, 23 October 2017

Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.
Motorists can charge their vehicles automatically in less than a minute with the battery-swapping system.

adb.org_Imagine you’re buying a car, and the manufacturer forces you to purchase not only the vehicle itself but also demanded you pay upfront for 10 years worth of fuel. About $25,000 for the car and another $50,000 for the gas. Would you still purchase the car? Absolutely not, unless the gasoline was given at a discount price, right?

Anyone shopping for an electric car could be forgiven for thinking that manufacturers are asking to pay upfront for future energy use. These vehicles are still on average about 35% more expensive than non-electric cars – despite gradually declining battery prices and the promise of practically zero maintenance fees. Continue reading “Battery swapping can propel India’s electric car revolution”

Investors abuse BT projects

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Update: October, 24/2017 – 09:59

Auditors and land management experts are sceptical about the efficiency and transparency of projects carried out under Build-Transfer (BT) contracts in Việt Nam, after many BT projects have suffered long delays and major problems along the way.– Photo baodauthau.vn

HÀ NỘI – Auditors and land management experts are sceptical about the efficiency and transparency of projects carried out under Build-Transfer (BT) contracts in Việt Nam, after many BT projects have suffered long delays and major problems along the way. Continue reading “Investors abuse BT projects”

Degraded bridges worry locals in Lâm Đồng

vietnamnews Update: October, 24/2017 – 15:30

The degraded Ông Triều Bridge in Thạnh Mỹ Township, Đơn Dương District has no fence. — VNA/VNS Photo Đặng Tuấn

LÂM ĐỒNG — The Department of Transport in the Central Highland province of Lâm Đồng reported 200 degraded bridges across the province, threatening the safety of users.

Director of the department, Trương Hữu Hiệp, told Vietnam News Agency that of the degraded bridges, as many as 112 ones were listed as “seriously degraded” and required urgent maintenance.

However, because of funding shortage, only 21 bridges had been fixed, he said. Local residents are worried about using the degraded bridges.

In the last two weeks, three people reportedly fell into Đa Nhim River, leaving one of them dead while crossing Ông Triều Bridge in Thạnh Mỹ Township in Đơn Dương District.

A local resident, Phan Công Thành, said that the bridge has been degraded for a long time and local residents have asked the relevant authorities to look into it but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears. He said that now, the need of the hour is for lights and fences to be installed on the bridge to make travelling safer.

Huỳnh Ngọc Sơn, a policeman, said that police have been assigned to help people maneuver their way across the bridge until it was fixed.

Cai Bảng suspending bridge in Bảo Lâm District is on the key road connecting Lộc Thắng Town to Lộc Phú Commune. People have to use the bridge to reach their tea and coffee farms. However, holes have appeared on the bridge surface, cables are rusty and the bridge begins to vibrate every time vehicles use it.

Local authorities have put warning signs there.

In Bảo Lâm District only, at least ten bridges have been reported to be seriously degraded. The problem is bound to get worse for users during harvest time when they have to transport farming products across the bridges.

Nguyễn Đình Gắn, chairman of Lộc Ngãi Commune, Bảo Lâm District, said that the commune’s budget could afford small fixing costs and the commune has been asking for funding from higher levels to build new bridges. — VNS

Foreign air carriers rush to open new air routes to Vietnam

Last update 12:00 | 16/10/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Foreign air carriers are opening new air routes to Vietnam to keep up with their competitors. 


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Bangkok Airways has opened the Bangkok – Phu Quoc Island air route with departure from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, deputy CEO of Bangkok Airways, said the Thai carrier had been successful with the Bangkok – Da Nang, which prompted it to open a route that links Bangkok and Phu Quoc. Continue reading “Foreign air carriers rush to open new air routes to Vietnam”

Disturbing fact: Vietnam high school students still journey to school on makeshift boat

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October 16, 2017, 10:54 GMT+7

Disturbing fact: Vietnam high school students still journey to school on makeshift boat
The evening boat trip home for students in Huu Giang Village, Tay Giang Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province. Photo: Tuoi Tre
It remains a daily sight in rural areas of Vietnam to see students cross rivers to get to school.

In Huu Giang Village, Tay Giang Commune, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh Province, 652km north of Ho Chi Minh City, hundreds of children make daily trips on a makeshift boat to cross the Kon River.

The river itself is 50m wide and 3m deep in some places with no bridges in sight. Continue reading “Disturbing fact: Vietnam high school students still journey to school on makeshift boat”

Feasibility study to acquire land for Long Thành airport construction submitted

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Update: October, 16/2017 – 08:00

A model of Long Thành International Airport in the southern province of Đồng Nai. More than 15,000 residents will be affected by the airport project. — Photo baochinhphu
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — The Government has submitted to the National Assembly a feasibility study to acquire land for the construction of Long Thành international airport in the southern province of Đồng Nai and pay compensation to land owners.

The study, which was completed by the Ministry of Transport and assessed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, calls for speeding up site clearance and compensation to ensure the project’s progress while ensuring legitimate interests of the affected households. Continue reading “Feasibility study to acquire land for Long Thành airport construction submitted”

Concerns raised about north-south highway project

Last update 12:00 | 11/10/2017
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It is estimated that the project would cost VND312.435 trillion. With the Ministry of Transport’s (MOT) plan, the project will be implemented in two phases. The first, in 2017-2020, the new road sections of Mai Son (Ninh Binh) – Bai Vot (Ha Tinh), Cam Lo (Quang Tri) – La Son (Thua Thien Hue) and Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa) – Dau Giay (Dong Nai), with total length of 632 kilometers, would be built. Continue reading “Concerns raised about north-south highway project”

$2 billion seaport running at 15-20 percent of capacity

Last update 16:00 | 10/10/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The Cai Mep–Thi Vai container port in Ba Ri –Vung Tau province, built with investment capital of $2 billion, is now running at 15-20 percent of capacity.


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Ba Ria – Vung Tau spent VND45 trillion to build Cai Mep – Thi Vai which had designed capacity of 7 million TEU, increasing to 11 million TEU after the expansion.

This is the only deep water seaport complex in Vietnam which is capable of receiving large cargo ships (100,000 tons and more). It is also one of 19 seaports which can receive ultra large crude carriers. Continue reading “$2 billion seaport running at 15-20 percent of capacity”

Poor infrastructure, services hamper growth of sea travel

Last update 15:48 | 05/10/2017

Vietnam has seen a significant increase in the number of foreign tourists travelling to the country by sea but poor infrastructure and a lack of high-quality services for cruise tourism may hinder growth.

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Celebrity Millennium Cruise Ship brings foreign tourists to central Thua Thien-Hue province. 

Vietnam welcomed nearly 285,000 sea travellers last year, an increase of 67.7 percent from 2015. The increase left airline travel behind, which posted growth of 31.7 percent in 2016, while travel by land has been steadily declining in recent years. Continue reading “Poor infrastructure, services hamper growth of sea travel”

Vietnam plans to build Hoa Binh-Son La Expressway for US$2.2 billion

 vietnamnet Last update 14:16 | 04/10/2017

The government has announced plans to build an expressway connecting Vietnam’s two northern provinces of Hoa Binh and Son La, at an estimated cost of VND50.27 trillion (US$2.2 billion).

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The new road, which will extend the Hanoi-Hoa Binh Expressway, is expected to boost the socio-economic development in Son La province and other provinces in the north western region.

Once complete, the expressway will help to form an uninterrupted corridor between the north western region and the Northern Key Economic Region, the north eastern provinces and Lach Huyen Port. Continue reading “Vietnam plans to build Hoa Binh-Son La Expressway for US$2.2 billion”

Biến dạng tại dự án BOT giao thông – 5 kỳ

 Nội bộ nhà đầu tư Dự án BOT Pháp Vân - Cầu Giẽ đang tố cáo sự thiếu minh bạch trong quá trình thu phí hoàn vốn dù mới vận hành được nửa năm. Ảnh: A.MNội bộ nhà đầu tư Dự án BOT Pháp Vân – Cầu Giẽ đang tố cáo sự thiếu minh bạch trong quá trình thu phí hoàn vốn dù mới vận hành được nửa năm. Ảnh: A.M

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Biến dạng tại dự án BOT giao thông (kỳ 1)

Hàng trăm ngàn tỷ đồng được huy động, “trùng điệp” nhà thầu chuyển thành nhà đầu tư, hàng chục trạm thu phí BOT xuất hiện đồng loạt là những gì dễ nhận thấy nhất trên các quốc lộ huyết mạch trong 5 năm trở lại đây. Continue reading “Biến dạng tại dự án BOT giao thông – 5 kỳ”

Villagers risk lives crossing stream after bridges swept away

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Last update 13:44 | 26/09/2017

The villagers in Yen Bai Province are risking their lives to cross the stream every day as the local bridges have been abandoned unfinished for years.

In order to go to Phong Du Thuong Commune’s centre, the local people have to use a raft to cross a large stream even when it rains or there are storms.

Temporary bridges built by the locals themselves in the commune were destroyed in a flash flood in August so the pupils had to stay home because of high tides. Various places in the commune become islands when there are heavy rains.

Lo Van Manh, chairman of Phong Du Thuong Commune People’s Committee, said, “I’m used to this bumpy road and know every pothole. But I really feel for the children, they walk in the mud to go to school and they are dirty all over.”

The old bridges in Village 3 and 6 were temporarily built by the locals so their quality left much to be desired and often swept away by the floods. The bridges were often swept away six times a year. Continue reading “Villagers risk lives crossing stream after bridges swept away”

New roads, bridges help southern real estate

vietnamnews Update: September, 30/2017 – 09:54

My Thuận bridge in connects Tiền Giang and Vĩnh Long provinces. Improved transport infrastructure has helped to increase real estate activity in HCM City and neighbouring southern provinces, including Long An, Đồng Nai and Bình Dương. — Photo tuoitre.vn

HCM CITY —  Improved transport infrastructure has helped to increase real estate activity in HCM City and neighbouring southern provinces, including Long An, Đồng Nai and Bình Dương.

Transport development has been one of the strong points of the property market this year, according to CBRE Việt Nam. Continue reading “New roads, bridges help southern real estate”

$15 million China – Việt Nam bridge opens to traffic

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Update: September, 14/2017 – 03:00

The Bắc Luân II Bridge is expected to promote China- Việt Nam economic co-operation. – VNS Photo: nhandan.com.vn

Viet Nam News QUẢNG NINH – The opening of the Bắc Luân II Bridge is a promising China – Việt Nam economic co-operation, according to Nguyễn Đức Long, Chairman of Quảng Ninh Province People’s Committee.

Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình and Chinese ambassador to Việt Nam Hong Xiaoyong attended the bridge’s opening ceremony in Móng Cái City yesterday. Continue reading “$15 million China – Việt Nam bridge opens to traffic”