11:20 | 05/08/2015 Society
(VEN) - Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai recently visited the construction site of the Ca Pass Tunnel project and said the quality of construction must be ensured so that tunnel users feel satisfied when paying tolls.
Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai (second from the right) inspects the construction of the Ca Pass Tunnel
According to the project’s investor, Ca Pass Investment Joint Stock Company, with total length of more than 13km, the road through the Ca Pass is designed to meet highway standards with design speed of 80km per hour. The Ca Pass tunnel is designed to be over 4.1km long with two parallel tubes (each tube is nearly 10m wide, and the distance between the two tubes is 30m). As part of the project, the Co Ma Tunnel is 500m long and almost equivalent to the Ca Pass Tunnel in terms of width. The project is being implemented in the form of BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) and BT (Build-Transfer) with total initial investment of more than VND15.6 trillion. Its construction commenced in November 2012.
So far, the Co Ma Tunnel has been fully dug and its concrete lining has been completely constructed. The construction of this tunnel will finish this August, one month ahead of schedule. Some 3.05km out of 8.25km of the Ca Pass Tunnel have been dug. The digging work is going on with 120-150m dug per month and is expected to finish next September so that the construction of the tunnel can be completed by July 2017.
According to its supervision unit, the Ca Pass Tunnel project is going on in accordance with schedule in terms of both quality and pace.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The said the project had been successfully developed with necessary adjustments made to reduce the cost of investment.
After inspecting the construction of the Ca Pass Tunnel project, Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai highly appreciated its progress and labor safety. He reminded its investor and construction units of the need to pay special attention to project quality management.
“The quality of the project is the biggest concern. Construction units must seriously abide by technical regulations, especially during the final stage, to ensure the quality of the project so that its users feel satisfied when paying tolls,” Deputy Prime Minister Hai emphasized.
He said the government had agreed to allow the Ca Pass Investment Joint Stock Company to invest in two additional tunnels: Cu Mong, and Hai Van. The company said the construction of these two tunnels would begin this year.