Mekong Delta faces troubling sand shortage

Provinces in the Mekong Delta have run out of sand for construction at a time when many key infrastructure works are in progress. The Trung Lương – Mỹ Thuận Expressway is the worst sufferer after having restarted in 2015 with a new budget of VNĐ14 trillion (US$622 million), the Thời báo Kinh tế Việt Nam (Vietnam Economic Times) reported. Work has ground to a complete halt due to lack of sand. The project investor has asked the two Mekong provinces of An Giang and Đồng Tháp for six million cubic metres of sand, and if it is not delivered, the project’s cost will surely increase and it will not finish by 2020 as scheduled.

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