Improved transport networks would significantly help Delta region's development.
The Mekong Delta needs about $4 billion to invest in its transport network in the 2016 - 2020 period, according to the Ministry of Transport. Investment of $2.9 billion is needed just for roads.
A Ministry report said that certain projects will be given greater focus during the period, such as My Thuan commune (in Vinh Long province) - Can Tho Expressway, Dai Ngai Bridge (connecting Tra Vinh and Soc Trang provinces), and the Ho Chi Minh Highway (from Go Quao district in Kien Giang province to Vinh Thuan district in Kien Giang province). Several highways, such as 91, 53, 54, 60, 61, 61B and 30, will be expanded and upgraded.
Traffic networks are to be improved to develop the Delta’s economy, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said, adding that four routes are key.
The first route will be built parallel to National Highway No.1A and is considered a strategic route for the region’s development. The second route is the Ho Chi Minh Highway (from Go Quao district in Kien Giang province to Vinh Thuan district in Kien Giang province) which will be upgraded.
The third route is in the east, connecting all means of transport in the area and serving socio-economic development and the maintaining of security in the region. The last route is N1, from Duc Hue district in Long An province to Chau Doc district in An Giang province. N1 has been built in certain stretches already and been listed as a priority project in the period.
“After the four main routes are completed I believe that links within the Mekong Delta will be much more convenient,” Deputy Minister The said. “They will provide a foundation for the region’s development.”
Local waterway networks also need investment of around $300 million from 2016 to 2020, while maritime and aviation transport need investment of $690 million and $69 million, respectively.