Reopening date of Cai Lay tollgate to be determined by end-January

30-Jan-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 8:40 AM Print This Post

The Ministry of Transport on January 31 will organise a meeting with relevant agencies and units to discuss solutions to toll collection at the long-suspended Cai Lay tollgate, operating under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) format.

The decision on the date for resuming the operations of the tollgate will take centre stage at the meeting, which will be chaired by deputy minister of Transport Nguyen Nhat. The toll collection is slated to recommence after February 14.

Earlier, at a meeting between the ministry and the Tien Giang government, held on January 25, deputy minister Nhat confirmed that the toll collection at the controversial tollgate would be resumed after February 14.

In addition to informing residents of the resumption of toll collection at Cai Lay tollgate, Nhat proposed the operator finish repairing the entire route and upgrading the surface of National Highway 1.

“In particular, it is necessary to install a nonstop toll collection system at the BOT tollgate,” he said at the meeting.

Further, Nhat assigned the provincial Department of Transport to coordinate with the investor to review the number of vehicles subject to toll reductions and exemptions in eight communes near the tollgates.

The project, including a 12-kilometer bypass section around Cai Lay Town and an improved section of National Highway 1 spanning 26 kilometers across Tien Giang Province, was developed by a joint venture between Bac Ai Construction Investment Consultation JSC and Transport Construction and Investment Trading JSC No.1.

The VND1.4 trillion project, which got off the ground under the BOT format in 2014, was completed in 2017.

Some 16,800 vehicles pass through the National Highway 1 section in Cai Lay Town per day, while the bypass is used daily by more than 9,400 vehicles, according to a report by the Ministry of Transport.


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