Collapsing expressway investigated for corruption

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Chief government inspector Tran Van Truyen on Thursday said his unit is going to inspect Vietnam's first four-wheel vehicle expressway, after parts of the road collapsed having been in use for two months.


"The Prime Minister has ordered to inspect the Ho Chi Minh City Trung Luong Expressway project. If corruption is discovered, we will propose strict punishments," Truyen was quoted as saying by local news website Vnexpress.


He said the State Inspectorate has set up an inspection team and they will publish their results by the end of September.


The team will check whether the construction and investment of the project was carried out legally and according to plan, and the government will then evaluate the project's impacts on economic growth and social development, Truyen said.


He said the inspectors will propose strict penalties on those in charge of the project if they committed corruption causing losses to the state budget.


The expressway that runs 39.8 kilometers between HCMC and the Mekong Delta was temporarily open to traffic in early February.


But, by the middle of April, drivers and officials from the Ministry of Transport said the road that cost VND9.88 trillion (US$535 million) had begun to collapse in several spots, including one particularly noticeable patch in Long An Province.


Other expressway projects are being carried out throughout the country so that one road connects north and south by the second quarter of 2011.

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