Vietnam's delayed capitol building to finish in August

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The design of Vietnam's new National Assembly builing in Hanoi. File photo The design of Vietnam's new National Assembly builing in Hanoi. File photo
The new National Assembly building in Hanoi is scheduled for completion on August 31, VnExpress reported on Sunday.
Construction on the building began in 2009 and was initially set to finish at the end of 2012, before being delayed for nearly two years.
The new National Assembly building is much more complex than the National Convention Center (which many consider the most advanced structure in Vietnam), Minister of Construction Trinh Dinh Dung reportedly told PM Nguyen Tan Dung, during a meeting on Saturday to explain the delays.
Due to the complexity of the design, the minister said, the building must be built very carefully, as it will experience a straight month of heavy use during each legislative session.
The minister promised that his agency will mobilize the best human resources and equipment to meet the new deadline, VnExpress reported.
With a total investment of nearly VND4.8 trillion (US$226.96 million), the building will stand 39-meters tall and consist of seven floors, including an underground parking garage and a subterranean passage leading to the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The site of the legislature sits astride the 11th-century Thang Long Imperial Citadel, where it was initially slated to be built. After scores of ancient relics were discovered during 2002 excavation work, the site was moved.

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