Major infrastructure works begin in new year

Besides its metro lines, Ho Chi Minh City has also stepped up the pace of work at many other major infrastructure projects, including Beltway No 3, which is expected to reduce traffic congestion in the city by allowing vehicles to bypass it. In early January, the Ministry of Transport had told the city to begin sub-project No.1 of the Beltway No.3 Project ahead of schedule. Ho Chi Minh City’s first metro line linking Ben Thanh Market in District 1 with Suoi Tien Park in District 9 The beltway will also shorten the distance between the city and the new urban area of Nhon Trach in Dong Nai and Binh Duong provinces. In the first stage, the 97.7km beltway will have four lanes for heavy vehicles and two for others, according to the Cuu Long Corporation for Investment, Development and Project Management of Infrastructure, the project management unit. It will allow traffic to travel at the speed of up to 100km per hour. A 16.7km section from Binh Chuan to Tan Van in Binh Duong province built under the PPP (Public – Private Partnership) mode has already opened to traffic. Work on the 34.3km second section through Dong Nai province and Ho Chi Minh City will be done in two stages and begin in late 2018 and early 2019. Thailand’s Siam Cement Group plans to begin construction of Long Son Petrochemical complex in Vung Tau city on February 23. The USD 3.4 billion petrochemical plant is expected to produce 1.6 million… [Read full story]

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