The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has just submitted 3 reports to the Government on the pre-feasibility study report of phase 1 of expressway construction projects: Bien Hoa – Vung Tau, Khanh Hoa – Buon Ma Thuot and Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang. The Ministry of Transport proposes to the Government to approve the content of the report to submit to the National Assembly for consideration and decision on investment policy.
Need more than 84,000 billion
In the Southern region, in addition to the North – South expressway that has been implemented, currently only 3 expressways namely Ho Chi Minh City – Trung Luong, Ho Chi Minh City – Long Thanh – Dau Giay and Trung Luong – My Thuan have been completed. put into operation. Compared with the size of the area, population and contribution to the economy of the whole region, the length of less than 200 km expressway cannot meet the increasing speed of development of key economic regions. southern point.
According to the report of the Ministry of Transport, the starting point of the Bien Hoa – Vung Tau expressway project is at the intersection with Highway 1 bypass Bien Hoa city, Dong Nai province; the end point is at the intersection with Highway 56 in Ba Ria city, Ba Ria – Vung Tau province. The total length of this route is about 53.7 km, with 4-6 express lanes. This project is divided into 3 component projects, preparing for investment in 2022, site clearance in 2023, starting construction in 2023 and basically completed in 2025. The project has a public investment form with a preliminary plan. The total investment is about 17,837 billion VND.
With Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang expressway, the starting point of the project is in Chau Doc city, An Giang province; The end point is Tran De port, Soc Trang province, with a total length of about 188.2 km. Phase 1 divergent project with 4 lanes limited in the form of public investment. This project consists of 4 component projects with a preliminary total investment of about 44,691 billion VND, prepared in 2022, site clearance and resettlement in 2022 – 2023, started in 2023 and basically completed in 2026 .
With the Khanh Hoa – Buon Ma Thuot expressway, the project’s starting point is at the intersection between National Highway 26B and National Highway 1, Nam Van Phong port area, Ninh Hoa town, Khanh Hoa province; the end point, the intersection at Km12+450 on Ho Chi Minh road, the bypass east of Buon Ma Thuot city, Dak Lak province. The project has a total length of about 117.5 km, divergent scale of investment in 4 lanes of expressway, form of public investment. Preliminary total investment of the project is 21,935 billion VND, is expected to clear the ground in 2022 – 2024, start construction in 2023 and basically complete in 2026.
After the above projects are completed, the authorities will organize the collection of fees to refund the capital allocated by the central budget for investment.
Remove infrastructure bottlenecks
The State Appraisal Council has just reported to the Government the results of the appraisal of pre-feasibility study reports for the three expressway projects mentioned above.
Accordingly, the Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang expressway project received the consent of 14/14 council members. Bien Hoa – Vung Tau expressway project received the consent of 13/14 council members. And the Khanh Hoa – Buon Ma Thuot expressway received the consent of 13/15 council members.
The State Appraisal Council proposes to the Government to consider and approve the pre-feasibility study report of phase 1 of the construction projects of the 3 expressway projects mentioned above; at the same time assigning the Ministry of Transport to absorb opinions, and authorized by the Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government to submit to the National Assembly for consideration and decision on investment policy.
According to Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The, the Southeast is the most vibrant economic region in the country, although the population accounts for only about 18%, it contributes to 50% of the total value of industrial production, about 36% of the total revenue. national budget and about 33% of the country’s GDP. This area has really played a leading role, making great contributions to economic growth, exports, and national budget revenue.
However, the fast and strong economic development of the region leads to an increasing demand for transportation, creating traffic pressure on the existing infrastructure. There is not much room in terms of economic development space because infrastructure is a bottleneck, possibly missing development opportunities and welcoming a new wave of investment.
With the Bien Hoa – Vung Tau expressway project, if it is not invested soon, traffic congestion will be more serious, negatively impacting the socio-economic development of the entire southern key economic region. . Therefore, the investment objective of this project is to meet the demand for transportation, reduce load and ensure traffic safety on National Highway 51; complete and put into operation synchronously the North-South expressway to the East, Long Thanh international airport, bringing into full play the potential of Cai Mep – Thi Vai seaport; creating the premise and driving force for the socio-economic development of Dong Nai, Ba Ria – Vung Tau in particular and the Southeast region in general.
For the Mekong Delta region, Minister Nguyen Van The emphasized that the road network currently only meets less than 30% of the total volume of goods in circulation, but the scale and technical standards are low, and the speed is limited, so it has not been brought into full play. the potentials and strengths of the region. Meanwhile, the national highways along this corridor, especially National Highway 91, were overloaded. Therefore, the Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang expressway shortens the travel distance from Chau Doc to Tran De port by about 12 km; along with the infrastructure system has been invested to create new space for economic development.
As for the Khanh Hoa – Buon Ma Thuot expressway, the Minister of Transport assessed that it will create a driving force for the development of the whole region with a synchronous technical and social infrastructure system, connecting economic centers, international border gates and seaports. This project also helps improve competitiveness, create linkages, promote cooperation and socio-economic development of the two provinces of Khanh Hoa and Dak Lak in particular and the Central Highlands and South Central regions in particular. shared.
The South has nearly 1,300 km of roads
According to the road network plan for the period 2021 – 2030, with a vision to 2050 approved by the Prime Minister, the southern region has 10 routes with a length of about 1,290 km, the size of 4 to 10 lanes, including: Dau Giay (Dong Nai) – Lien Khuong (Lam Dong), Bien Hoa – Vung Tau, HCMC – Long Thanh – Dau Giay (Dong Nai), HCMC – Chon Thanh – Hoa Lu (Binh Phuoc), HCMC – Moc Bai (Tay Ninh), Go Dau – Xa Mat (Tay Ninh), HCMC – Tien Giang – Ben Tre – Tra Vinh – Soc Trang, Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang, Ha Tien (Kien Giang) – Rach Price – Bac Lieu, Hong Ngu (Dong Thap) – Tra Vinh. Along with that are 2 urban ring roads of Ho Chi Minh City (Ring 3, Ring 4) with a length of 291 km.
Connecting and trading with countries in the Mekong sub-region
Mr. Tran Viet Truong, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Can Tho City, emphasized that the investment in the Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang axis highway will contribute to meeting the transport demand, creating spillovers as well as motivation. socio-economic development for the Mekong Delta region. This expressway will also promote the effective exploitation of vertical routes, create favorable conditions to connect economic centers in the region, promote goods circulation and develop economic and industrial zones. industry in the region. Since then, gradually formed an axis of connection, trade and socio-economic development between Vietnam and the countries of the Mekong sub-region.
Meanwhile, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Binh, Chairman of An Giang Provincial People’s Committee, said that if there is this highway, it will break the situation that An Giang has been “besieged” for a long time. Because, at present, An Giang only has National Highway 91 passing through, so traffic jams often occur on weekends, especially during the festival season. If the Chau Doc – Can Tho – Soc Trang expressway is invested, it will solve the traffic jam in the peak season. Moreover, this expressway will help An Giang and neighboring localities develop, reduce logistics costs, promote more export businesses as well as transport goods to develop stronger.
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