Hanoi speeds up implementation of Ring road No.4 project (13:14 08/03/2023)

HNP - On March 7, a meeting of the Steering Committee of the Ring Road 4 - Capital Region Project was held in Bac Ninh Province. The purpose of the meeting was to receive reports on the progress of the project, as well as any challenges and proposed solutions to accelerate its completion in the near future.  

During the conference, Deputy Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Duong Duc Tuan presented a report on the progress of the Ring Road 4 - Capital Region Project. According to the report, Hanoi has completed the relocation of 5,307 out of 11,682 graves, accounting for 48.83% of the total. The city has also approved and reclaimed 276.08 out of 796,766 hectares of land, reaching 34.65%. The total amount approved for land clearance in Hanoi is VND2.49 trillion.

In Hung Yen province, 263.7 hectares of the site clearance area have been recovered. In addition, 843 households have had their residential land acquired, and 3,327 graves need to be relocated to an estimated resettlement area of 50 hectares. The project has already moved 15 high voltage poles. The total funding for project site clearance is approximately VND5.96 trillion, exceeding the National Assembly's approved investment in Hung Yen by VND2.22 trillion.

The Hung Yen Provincial Land Development Fund has advanced VND42 billion to localities to organize payments for people to move graves while building new or expanded cemeteries. In Bac Ninh Province, the project has acquired about 389 hectares of land and affected 3,189 graves. However, the province has yet to provide compensation, support and resettlement.

Regarding the Component Projects, Hanoi has approved the Feasibility Study Report of Component Project 1.1 and Component Project 2.1. Component Projects 1.2, 1.3, 2.2 and 2.3 are still under review by the People's Committees of Hung Yen and Bac Ninh Provinces. There is a risk that their delayed progress will affect the project's construction progress in June 2023.

Therefore, Hanoi will accelerate the appraisal and approval of Component Projects 1.2 and 1.3. Bac Ninh and Hung Yen provinces are urged to expedite the appraisal and approval of the component projects to ensure the project start in June 2023. They are also advised to review the source of materials in the province to prioritize the project to reduce costs and shorten transportation routes.

During the conference, local leaders shared and discussed the progress, difficulties and obstacles in the implementation of the Ring Road 4 project. Representatives from central ministries and departments also provided responses and recommendations to address the issues raised by the localities. All parties agreed that the 9 recommendations made by the steering committee to the government are crucial and require support from relevant ministries, branches and the government to resolve the obstacles.

Acknowledging the slower progress in implementing the project compared to Hanoi, the Secretary of the Bac Ninh Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Anh Tuan and the Secretary of the Hung Yen Provincial Party Committee Nguyen Huu Nghia pledged to prioritize the completion of 70% of site clearance by June 30, 2023, in order to meet the project's schedule.

Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee Tran Sy Thanh emphasized the importance of the Ring Road 4 Project, which operates under a specific model for regional development. The successful completion of the project will serve as a meaningful foundation for the Party's resolutions on regional development, including the recently issued Resolution No. 30-NQ/TW dated November 23, 2022, on "Socio-economic development, ensuring national defense and security in the Red River Delta until 2030, with a vision to 2045". The Chairman of the Hanoi People's Committee also proposed reporting to the Government and the National Assembly Standing Committee on the proposal to approve the total investment of 3 component projects based on the project's progress.

In closing the conference, Mr. Dinh Tien Dung, Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee, emphasized that the progress of the Ring 4 - Capital Region project, which is expected to be largely completed by 2026 and operational by 2027, is not only outlined in the National Assembly resolution, but also in the Politburo and Government resolutions, demonstrating the unified direction and strong political will of the Central Committee and the three provinces/cities involved - Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen.

In terms of project implementation,  Dung acknowledged the unwavering commitment of the three localities, which mobilized their entire political systems to begin implementation as soon as the policy was approved by the National Assembly. During the process, several effective strategies emerged, characterized by a bold, responsible attitude and a shared vision. Importantly, there was a high level of public and popular support and buy-in. Hanoi's experience with land reclamation was also instructive, demonstrating the importance of early completion to avoid waste and create opportunities for development. The Secretary emphasized that early completion of this key national project and efficient land clearance will help people settle down sooner.

By Hai Nam

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