$1.9 billion allocated to building Mekong Delta expressway

The National Assembly on Thursday agreed to spend nearly VNĐ45 trillion (US$1.9 billion) building more than 188 kilometres of highway in the Mekong Delta.

On the last day of their third sitting in Hà Nội, legislators passed a resolution to carry out Phase I of the Châu Đốc–Cần Thơ–Sóc Trăng Expressway construction, with 478 over 479 deputies (95.98 per cent) voting in favour.

The expressway will connect the Mekong Delta cities and provinces of Cần Thơ, An Giang, Hậu Giang, Sóc Trăng, and improve trade and transportation between the northwestern and southeastern regions.

The 188.2km construction will be built in four stages as public investments.

It will occupy 1,205ha of land, including 860ha of paddy fields, 24ha of residential areas, 127ha for perennial crops, 64.93ha for annual crops, 10ha of aquaculture land, and 119ha of public land.

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