Ho Chi Minh City authorities have disbursed more than VND660 billion (32.1 million) to facilitate a major expressway project linking the southeastern and southwestern regions.
The money, earmarked from the city’s 2015 construction budget, will be used to clear and resettle residents living along the Ben Luc – Long Thanh Highway, Vietnam News Agency reported.
On July 19, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung broke ground on the highway project, which connects Long An and Dong Nai provinces.
The 57-km (35.5-mile) highway project is expected to finish in 2018, opening a thoroughfare from the Mekong Delta provinces to major ports including Thi Vai and Cai Mep on the Saigon River.
HCMC authorities decided to disburse VND513 billion for Binh Chanh, VND140 billion for Nha Be and VND9.5 billion for Can Gio for site clearance and resettlement under the project.
According to Prime Minister Dung, the highway will be very important to socio-economic development and national defense and security.
“The project took four years to prepare and will take another four years for construction involving heavy work. HCMC, Long An and Dong Nai have to clear the site in time and create a stable life for affected residents,” he said.
The highway will have four lanes and two other for emergency stops, as well as a speed limit of 100 kph.
As part of the north-south expressway and the longest expressway project so far in southern region, the Ben Luc – Long Thanh Highway will run through Nhon Trach and Long Thanh districts in Dong Nai; Binh Chanh, Nha Be and Can Gio districts in HCMC and Can Giuoc and Ben Luc districts in Long An.