Connect with us

Society

Southern coastal province speeds up work on major transport projects

Published

on

The new Phước Hòa – Cái Mép road in Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu Province has facilitated the transport of large volumes of goods. — Photo nld.com.vn

BÀ RỊA – VŨNG TÀU PROVINCE — The southern coastal province of Bà Rịa – Vũng Tàu is mobilising all resources to speed up the progress of major transport projects, including roads, railways and bridges.

The province has identified that it is imperative to develop transport infrastructure to foster its socio-economic growth.

By 2025, the provincial transport system is expected to be completed to meet rapidly growing needs, according to the province’s Department of Transport.

Trần Thượng Chí, director of the department, said the province has more than 1,600km of existing roads, including three national highways No. 51, 55 and 56, and provincial roads, urban roads and dedicated roads.

Over the past five years, the province has built new roads, and upgraded and repaired roads with a total length of 413km.

The 4.4-km Phước Hòa – Cái Mép road is one of the new roads, with an investment cost of VNĐ954 billion (US$42.2 million). It connects National Highway No. 51 with the inter-port road at the Cái Mép-Thị Vải port complex.

Another new road, the Hội Bài – Châu Pha – Ðá Bạc – Phước Tân road, has helped to shorten the travel distance by 20km from Châu Ðức District to National Highway No. 55 in Xuyên Mộc District.

Nguyễn Thị Hoài, an owner of a grocery on Hội Bài – Châu Pha – Ðá Bạc – Phước Tân Street, told Người lao động (Labourer) newspaper that “investment in transport infrastructure has improved our lives significantly, making travelling and trading more convenient”.

The province is also speeding up work on many intra-provincial road projects that lead to the Cái Mép – Thị Vải port complex in Phú Mỹ Town.

The 9.7-km 991B Road from National Highway No 51 downstream to Cái Mép is one of the projects. With investment capital of VNĐ3.95 trillion ($170.6 million), the road will be a major traffic route facilitating the transport of cargo to and from the port complex.

It is scheduled to be put into operation in 2024 and will be one of six arterial roads in the province, which will help promote key economic sectors, especially port logistics services.

Another project, the 3.75-km Long Sơn – Cái Mép Road, worth about VNĐ1.19 trillion ($52.4 million), started construction in June.

Construction of a new 2.6km-long road behind the Mỹ Xuân-Thị Vải Port is expected to be completed in mid-2023.

Major inter-regional projects

The province plans to build three major inter-regional projects at the same time, including the Biên Hòa – Vũng Tàu Expressway between the province and Đồng Nai Province; Phước An Bridge crossing Thị Vải River connecting to Đồng Nai Province; and Ring Road No.4 running through the province, HCM City and the provinces of Đồng Nai, Binh Dương and Long An.

These projects are expected to ease traffic pressure on National Highway No. 51, and will be linked to Bến Lức – Long Thành Expressway and HCM City- Long Thành – Dầu Giây Expressway.

Nguyễn Văn Thọ, chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the province has asked the Ministry of Planning and Investment to seek approval from the Government to allocate capital for the Biên Hòa – Vũng Tàu expressway project’s first phase in 2021-25.

Previously, the expressway project was to be built under the public-private partnership (PPP) form. “The PPP form made it difficult to attract investors because of how long the payback period for the project would take,” he said.

The new expressway will play an important role in improving transport connectivity, shortening the transport time of goods from industrial zones in the southern key economic region to the province’s Cái Mép – Thị Vải seaport complex.

“Together with the operation of Long Thành International Airport, the new expressway will contribute greatly to the development of the southern key economic region,” Thọ said.

The committee has also asked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to create a policy framework for compensation, support and resettlement for the Phước An Bridge project.

Meanwhile, the Ring Road No. 4 project will create a corridor to facilitate goods circulation between localities in the region.

The Prime Minister has assigned the provincial People’s Committee to implement the Ring Road No. 4 project’s Phú Mỹ – Bàu Cạn section with a length of 18km.

The province is also seeking investment capital for the Biên Hòa – Vũng Tàu railway project and has asked for the government’s help.

Airports

The province will have three airports in the near future. Of these, Côn Đảo Island’s existing airport will be upgraded at an estimated cost of VNĐ2.4 trillion ($105 million) with a medium-term public investment plan for the 2021-25 period.

The airport will be expanded to receive larger aircraft and increase its capacity to two million passengers a year, serving both civilian and military flights.

Hồ Tràm civilian airport project located in Ðất Ðỏ District’s Láng Dài and Lộc An communes will cost about VNĐ4.25 trillion ($186.7 million).

With total investment of VNĐ9 trillion ($395.5 million), a new airport will be built on 248.5ha on Gò Găng Island in Long Sơn Commune.

The province has completed the airport’s pre-feasibility study report and is speeding up implementation.

In the coming years, the province will continue creating favourable policies and conditions for implementing intra-provincial transport. The priority will be given to building a new route connecting Hội Bài – Phước Tân Street and Ðá Bạc Industrial Park in Châu Ðức District, Provincial Road 44B and a new coastal road linking with Ðồng Nai Province’s Cẩm Mỹ District.

Also included will be the expansion or upgrade of Provincial Road 994, and Bà Rịa – Châu Pha route connecting Bà Rịa city and Châu Ðức District and Phú Mỹ Town.

These works are expected to attract investment in coastal tourism projects.

The southern key economic region is one of four key economic regions in the country. It includes HCM City and Đồng Nai, Bình Dương, Bình Phước, Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Tây Ninh, Long An and Tiền Giang provinces.

It is the country’s largest foreign direct investment magnet and is expected to become a prosperous region by 2035. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/1093644/southern-coastal-province-speeds-up-work-on-major-transport-projects.html

Society

Construction of $630,000 carp-shaped fountain halted in Vietnam’s southern province

Published

on

Heeding complaints from the public, the administration of Soc Trang Province in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region has halted a project involving the construction of two massive carp-shaped fountains on the banks of a local river.

The provincial People’s Committee issued a document asking authorities in Soc Trang City, the provincial capital, to cease the construction of a VND15 billion (US$632,000) decorative project, Tran Van Lau, chairman of the committee, said on Tuesday.

Nguyen Van Quan, secretary of the Soc Trang City Party’s Committee and chairman of the city’s People’s Committee, confirmed that the project would be halted and said the standing board of the committee is working on resolving the issue.

“There are many who oppose the project, so we will likely stop construction. Provincial authorities already agreed to suspend the project,” Zing News – a local publication – quoted a leader of the Soc Trang City administration as saying earlier.

Prior to Quan’s statement, the Soc Trang City administration had issued a resolution to launch the project on the two banks of the Maspero River, with construction expected to start in 2023 and be completed in 2025.

The bill for the project was expected to be footed by the city’s state budget. 

After the information about the project was announced, the public began voicing concerns that the money would be better suited for infrastructure that benefited local residents.  

According to the project’s blueprint, each bank of the river was meant to have a sculpture depicting a carp transforming into a dragon, built from white stone and a granite-covered concrete base.

One of the statues was designed to measure 5.6 meters tall while the other was envisioned to be 8.32 meters tall.

They were set to be located the Bridge 30-4 and Bridge C247.

The base of each statue was desinged to feature the words ‘Carp turning into a dragon in Soc Trang – Vietnam’

An artistic LED lighting system was planned to decorate the statues, and a fountain was meant to shoot water from their mouths.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220923/construction-of-630000-carpshaped-fountain-halted-in-vietnams-southern-province/69212.html

Continue Reading

Society

Authorities order inspection of illegal constructions inside fish farm turned eco-tourism area in Vietnam

Published

on

Authorities in Nghe An Province, north-central Vietnam have ordered the inspection of a fish farming project that was turned into an eco-tourism area inclusive of a park and a driving range.

Dang Thanh Tung, head of the provincial People’s Committee Office, told Tien Phong (Youth) newspaper on Wednesday that the administration had sent an urgent document to authorities in Hung Nguyen District, ordering the examination of a high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC.

The district authorities were tasked with inspecting the violations at the facility and handling them in accordance with regulations.

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A bird’s-eye view of the high-tech tilapia farming project developed by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

They will have to submit a report detailing their inspection to the provincial administration prior to October 15.

The high-tech tilapia farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC was approved by the Nghe An People’s Committee on June 1, 2017.

Located in Hung My Commune, Hung Nguyen District, the project covers an area of seven hectares and costs nearly VND51 billion (US$2.1 million).

The driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The golf driving range located on the premises of the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Phong reader

The developer was recently found to have built multiple constructions that were not permitted by competent authorities, including an artificial mountain, three football fields, a golf driving range, and a park with the models of the Seven Wonders of the World.

The artificial mountain and football fields were put into operation in September 2020.

In June 2021, authorities in Hung Nguyen District imposed a VND30 million ($1,260) fine on Synot Asean JSC for these violations, though the fine did not stop the company from continuing to build a driving range and park on the premises.

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

A model of the London Bridge at the park inside the fish farming project operated by Synot Asean JSC in Nghe An Province, Vietnam. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tien Phong

In order to legitimize these constructions, the firm submitted a proposal to the provincial Department of Planning and Investment seeking permission to turn the project into a tilapia farm combined with ecotourism services.

In a release issued on September 12, the Nghe An People’s Committee confirmed it did not approve Synot Asean’s proposal and ordered the company to cease operating its illegal facilities.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220923/authorities-order-inspection-of-illegal-constructions-inside-fish-farm-turned-ecotourism-area-in-vietnam/69211.html

Continue Reading

Society

Substandard speedboats, jet skis, floating restaurants operate in famous Vietnamese bay

Published

on

A recent inspection identified several poor quality speedboats, jet skis, and floating restaurants operating in Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most beautiful bodies of water.

The Traffic Safety Board of Ninh Thuan Province, home of Vinh Hy Bay, said on Wednesday that the list of substandard vehicles and venues operating in the bay included 17 speedboats, 14 jet skis, and three floating restaurants.

Tran Quoc Nam, chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee, has ordered related agencies to increase inspections of the area and deal with businesses that fall short of tourism safety regulations in Vinh Hy Bay.

Those that cannot ensure safety must be suspended, Nam said.

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

A floating restaurant collapses in Vinh Hy Bay in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam, in this photo taken in 2016. Photo: Minh Tran / Tien Phong

In 2016, the collapse of a raft operating as a floating restaurant in Vinh Hy Bay caused two deaths and injured three people.

More than 300 tourists, including many children, fell into the sea.

Vinh Hy Bay, a small inlet dotted with fishing vessels and woven coracles, is a popular destination for tourists thanks to its charming scenery and delectable seafood.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get the latest news about Vietnam!

Source: https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20220923/substandard-speedboats-jet-skis-floating-restaurants-operate-in-famous-vietnamese-bay/69209.html

Continue Reading

Trending