North-South Expressway delayed by slow land acquisition

By Thuy Tien   March 24, 2021 | 09:30 pm PT
North-South Expressway delayed by slow land acquisition
A construction site of the North-South Expressway between Ninh Binh and Thanh Hoa provinces. Photo by Vnexpress/Anh Duy.
Only 96.9 percent of the land required for the sections of the North-South Expressway currently under construction has been acquired, a task originally scheduled to be completed last year.

According to the Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau, 13 localities where 11 sections of the expressway are now being built have handed over 630 kilometers out of the 652 km required.

The expressway will run a total of 1,799 kilometers between Hanoi and the southern city of Can Tho parallel to National Highway 1A. Over 300 km of it have been completed.

The delay in acquiring land is due to tardy construction of resettlement areas and relocation of infrastructure like power and telecommunications lines and water pipes.

Of 111 resettlement areas that need to be built, 91 are completed, 19 are under construction and one is still awaiting approval.

The total land costs are estimated at VND12.4 trillion ($526.3 million) and 3,690 households have to be moved out of 4,835 hectares of land.

Once completed, the expressway is expected to reduce pressure on the overloaded National Highway 1A.

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