Construction on a road linking Can Tho and Kien Giang province in the Mekong Delta region began on January 17 in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The 53.34km Lo Te-Rach Soi Road will run from Thot Not district in Can Tho to Kien Giang province’s Chau Thanh district with a maximum speed of 100km/h.
Using Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Republic of Korea (RoK) through the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, the project is significant to socio-economic development and transportation in the region.
Its first phase will cost VND6,694 billion (roughly US$301 million). Of this, VND4,167 billion (US$200 million) came from the RoK government. Construction will last 30 months.
Addressing the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said the road forms part of the Ho Chi Minh Highway running from Pac Po in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang to Ca Mau Cape in the southernmost province of Ca Mau.
The Ho Chi Minh Highway, along with National Highway 1, was built in service of national defence, and to protect national security and socio-economic development in regions across the country, he added.
The Lo Te-Rach Soi section plays an important role in socio-economic links between Ho Chi Minh City and other localities in the Long Xuyen Quadrangular area, which covers Kien Giang and An Giang provinces, and Can Tho, the leader stressed.
It will also help form a regional transport network, consolidatenational defence and security in the region, and fully tap the Southern Coastal Corridor, he said.
The PM used the occasion to thank the RoK government and investors for their support for Vietnam’s infrastructure development.
On January 16, PM Nguyen Tan Dung attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a facility symbolic of the Hanoi flagpole in Ca Mau Cape, the last point of the Ho Chi Minh Highway.
The flagpole will be built at a cost of VND140 billion (US$6.3 million), funded by the capital city of Hanoi and through other resources.
The same day, work started on the construction of a wind-power plant on Khai Long beach in Dat Mui commune, Ngoc Hien district, Ca Mau province in the presence of PM Nguyen Tan Dung.
The 100 MW plant is part of the country’s clean energy development programme in line with national industrialisation and modernisation, adapting to climate change.