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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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

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”

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”

Việt Nam-China freight route opens to traffic

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Update: September, 11/2017 – 17:00

Long vehicles run on the new freight route connecting Việt Nam and China on Monday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thái Thuần

Viet Nam News LẠNG SƠN — Deputy Prime Minister Trương Hòa Bình announced on Monday the opening of a freight route connecting Việt Nam and China.

The route passes through the Hữu Nghị (Friendship) International Border Gate in the northern province of Lạng Sơn. Continue reading “Việt Nam-China freight route opens to traffic”

Vehicles avoid tolls, damage southern bypass

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Update: August, 24/2017 – 18:00

The 18km road connecting the Trảng Bom and Cây Gáo communes in southern Đồng Nai Province is damaged by heavy vehicles that use it to avoid weighing and toll stations. — Photo news.zing.vn
ĐỒNG NAI — A 18km bypass in southern Đồng Nai Province is in serious disrepair with thousands of trucks and containers using it every day to avoid weighing and toll stations.The Trảng Bom-Cây Gáo bypass runs through the province’s Trảng Bom District and connects National Route 1 with Provincial Route 762. Continue reading “Vehicles avoid tolls, damage southern bypass”

Build, operate and transfer transport projects criticised for lack of tendering

Last update 17:00 | 23/08/2017

Most build, operate and transfer projects in the transport sector have appointed contractors and not gone through tendering.

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Build, operate and transfer (BOT) projects have made headlines due to continual problems. Cai Lay BOT project has faced strong opposition from drivers due to its high fees. To oppose the fees, drivers used small notes, costing more time for the station officers for the fee collection.

The public has raised concerns about problems of BOT toll station projects in Vietnam. However, the Ministry of Transport ignored criticism and tried to defend the tolls. Continue reading “Build, operate and transfer transport projects criticised for lack of tendering”

Transport minister addresses over-charging BOT toll station

Last update 14:39 | 16/08/2017
Minister of Transport Truong Quang Nghia said the investor of Cai Lay BOT toll station in the southern province of Tien Giang had agreed to reduce the fees following opposition.

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Many drivers are putting small notes into bottles when they pay toll fees at Cai Lay BOT toll station to protest at excessive fees

According to drivers, the fees of VND35,000-180,000 (USD1.50-8.18) to travel on a 12-km road with just two lanes was too high. Meanwhile, the fees of for vehicles of from seven seats and lower is just VND40,000 (USD1.80) on Trung Luong-HCM City Highway which is up to 50km and has four lanes. Continue reading “Transport minister addresses over-charging BOT toll station”

NA committee discusses BOT controversy

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Update: August, 16/2017 – 10:01

The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee held a working session on supervising implementation of BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) traffic projects in the wake of heated protests over one of them in the southern province of Tiền Giang. — VNA/VNS Photo Minh Trí

HÀ NỘI — The National Assembly (NA) Standing Committee held a working session on supervising implementation of BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) traffic projects in the wake of heated protests over one of them in the southern province of Tiền Giang.

The BOT model, which primarily cedes construction of public traffic infrastructure to the private sector, has been utilised by the Government to alleviate the burden on the State Budget, especially after official development assistance (ODA) began running thin. Continue reading “NA committee discusses BOT controversy”

Giấc mơ xuyên Á

BQN – Thứ Năm, 30/03/2017, 08:46 [GMT+7]

Sau 11 năm tỉnh Quảng Nam và tỉnh Sê Kông (Lào) chính thức khai trương cửa khẩu chính Nam Giang – Đắc Tà Oọc (ngày 21.2.2006), con đường 14D chưa có gì thay đổi. Bao giờ con đường ngắn nhất khai thông lên vùng cao nguyên Boloven trù phú, giao thương với các tỉnh Nam Lào, Đông Bắc Thái Lan và Campuchia trên hành trình xuyên Á vẫn là câu hỏi còn bỏ ngỏ!

HỤT HƠI HẠ TẦNG

Không thiếu quy hoạch, nhưng thiếu vốn nên việc hoàn thiện cơ sở hạ tầng để đón nhà đầu tư, phát triển kinh tế cửa khẩu vẫn là chuyện xa vời.

Cửa khẩu Nam Giang. Ảnh: T.D
Cửa khẩu Nam Giang. Ảnh: T.D

Continue reading “Giấc mơ xuyên Á”