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HCMC ring road left unfinished after four years

By Quynh Tran   November 15, 2021 | 05:30 am PT
A three-kilometer section of Ring Road No. 2 has been left untouched since 2020 though the road is significant to tackling Ho Chi Minh City’s worsening gridlock.
A waterway has been planned for this area. As designed, the section spans 67 meters wide to have 12 lanes for vehicles to travel in two directions.

A waterway has been planned for this area.
As designed, the section spans 67 meters wide to have 12 lanes for vehicles to travel in two directions.

Overgrown grass and rusted steel are a common sight.

Overgrown grass and rusted steel are a common sight.

The concrete slabs have turned black and are covered with vines near Pham Van Dong Street.

The concrete slabs have turned black and are covered with vines near Pham Van Dong Street.

The drainage systems on both sides of the road remain unfinished, with many parts surrounded by weeds.

The drainage systems on both sides of the road remain unfinished, with many parts surrounded by weeds.

A danger notice covers a manhole  In July 2019, two 10-year-old children were electrocuted to death while playing in the construction site.  By then, work had already stopped though workers had failed to turn off the power, letting a wire fall to the ground.

A danger notice above a hole. In July 2019, two 10-year-old children were electrocuted to death while playing in the construction site.
By then, work had already stopped though workers had failed to turn off the power, letting a wire fall to the ground.

Building materials and machinery are left scattered across the site.

Building materials and machinery are left scattered across the site.

A concrete mixer stands in the middle of a vacant lot.

A concrete mixer stands in the middle of a vacant lot.

Many parts of the unfinished project are now used as garbage dumps by nearby residents.

Many parts of the unfinished project are now used as garbage dumps by nearby residents.

These households are among a few that have yet to hand over their property to the investor. According to the investor, the project has been delayed due to problems related to compensation and resettlement. It is still waiting for HCMC to sign the appendix to the BT contract and, once all issues are sorted out, the entire 2.75-kilometer section would be completed within 28 months.

These households are among a few that have yet to hand over their property to the investor.
According to the investor, the project has been delayed due to problems related to compensation and resettlement.
It is still waiting for HCMC to sign the appendix to the BT contract and, once all issues are sorted out, the entire 2.75-kilometer section would be completed within 28 months.

 
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