Ha Noi — The Construction Ministry estimates that about VND209,000 billion (US$12.9 billion) will be needed for its plan to develop the city’s transport system to 2020.
The ministry’s draft plan divides the sum into major investment packages, including VND78 trillion for roads; VND97 trillion for railways; VND27 trillion for waterways and VND8.1 trillion for airports.
The plan allows VND3.7 trillion for traffic safety and management projects and VND488 billion for transport policy and capacity building.
The ministry’s plan, now subject to prime ministerial appraisal, priorities a list of projects to be implemented by 2010 at a total cost of VND41 trillion.
These are intended to eliminate the rampant traffic congestion and build a modern urban image for the capital’s celebration of its 1000th anniversary in 2010.
Eight new bridges
Ha Noi will have eight new bridges across the Hong (Red) and Duong Rivers by 2020, if the Construction Ministry’s transport development plan is accepted.
Four, the Nhat Tan, Hong Ha, Me So, and Tu Lien, will link the two banks of the Red River in the city via 6 to 8-lane highways.
The total length of the bridges will be 18km.
The other four bridges, across the Duong River, will link the city’s Gia Lam and Dong Anh districts.
The five bridges that now cross the Red River in the city are Thang Long, Chuong Duong, Thanh Tri, Vinh Tuy, and Long Bien.
The plan includes a new airport and the upgrade of Noi Bai airport to serve 15 to 20 million travellers and carry 80,000 tonnes of cargo a year by 2020.
The projects would upgrade the national highways and expressways that link Ha Noi with its neighbours including Lang-Hoa Lac; Lao Cai; the Thai Nguyen; Hai Phong and Bac Ninh routes.
Roads of the city’s second and third outer rims would also be upgraded.
The Construction Ministry’s development plan to 2020 proposes that at least 15 to 20 per cent of the city’s territory be dedicated to transport.
It proposes that the city focus on building public transport and increase its passenger transport capacity to 35 per cent of the total need.
The plan would have the city build 46 new outer traffic intersections and upgrade and expand 150 inner intersections to ease congestion.