16:28 | 11/01/2019

Pre-feasibility study for Hoa Binh-Moc Chau expressway requested

Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has requested the northern province of Son La’s People’s Committee submit a pre-feasibility study for the Hoa Binh-Moc Chau Expressway project to the Prime Minister for approval.


Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has requested the northern province of Son La’s People Committee submit a pre-feasibility study for the Hoa Binh-Moc Chau Expressway project to the Prime Minister for approval.(Photo: zing.vn)

The People’s Committee was asked to work with the Ministry of Planning and Investment on the project to guarantee national security and defence of the northwestern region.

Dung asked the Ministry of Transport to submit a report on the investment and transport infrastructure development plan of the region, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development was requested to clarify the impact of taking cultivation and protected forest land for the project as well as risk of flash floods or landslide due to the project’s construction.

The northwestern region consists of 12 mountainous and midland localities including Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La, Ha Giang and Hoa Binh. According to the Deputy PM, the region plays an important role in the nation’s socio-economic development as well as national security.

It is the most disadvantaged area compared with other regions and has the highest rate of poor households.

The biggest challenges for the region include poor transport infrastructure and a lack of basic foundations for the development of railway and air travel. Given the current situation, Dung said the development of road transport infrastructure was the most suitable option.

The expressway will have four lanes and a total length of 85km. Total investment for the project was estimated at more than 20 trillion VND (862 million USD) under the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

It will allow vehicles to travel at 80-100km per hour, shortening the travel time from Hanoi to Son La to about 2.5 hours from six.

The high-quality road system will link two tourism hubs of the region. It is also expected to ease congestion on National Highway 6 through Hoa Binh and Son La while contributing to socio-economic development in the two provinces.

VNA

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