Min­istry to re­move mis­placed BOT toll booths

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Min­is­ter of Trans­port Nguyeãn Vaên Theå speaks to on­line site about so­lu­tions to bet­ter

man­age toll booths of Build- Op­er­ate- Trans­fer ( BOT) projects

Can you share your view point on a se­ries of re­cent protests against toll booths of BOT projects?

BOT projects fol­low poli­cies stated in the Cen­tral Party Com­mit­tee’s Res­o­lu­tion13 and Gov­ern­ment De­cree 108. How­ever, we did not fore­see the short­com­ings of these toll booths. There are so many booths lo­cated in a spe­cific zone that the im­prop­erly placed ones take a heavy toll on trans­port ex­penses and di­rectly im­pact driv­ers and peo­ple liv­ing nearby. The res­i­dents want the prob­lems to be fully ad­dressed.

The Gov­ern­ment or­dered the Min­istry of Trans­port to re­duce the toll, so the min­istry low­ered the fee from VNÑ35,000 ( US$ 1.50) to VNÑ15,000 ($ 0.60) per car at a num­ber of booths.

But if the projects do not col­lect fees, the State has to spend money to fund them. Mean­while, the State bud­get is strug­gling to af­ford spend­ing.

What mea­sures will be taken by the trans­port min­istry to deal with sus­pended booths?

I hope the Gov­ern­ment and the Na­tional As­sem­bly’s Stand­ing Com­mit­tee will soon ap­prove nec­es­sary so­lu­tions.

If the Na­tional As­sem­bly ap­proves the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion, we might have to spend tens of tril­lions of ñoàng to deal with the booths in ques­tion. The State bud­get for 2016- 20 has al­most dried up so we might have to use the 2020- 25 bud­get.

The Prime Min­is­ter and deputy prime min­is­ters held meet­ings on the mat­ter and or­dered so­lu­tions for some projects; for ex­am­ple, the re­quest to re­move Taân Ñeä BOT toll booth. The Direc­torate for Roads of Vieät Nam is com­plet­ing pro­ce­dures for the re­moval in the com­ing months.

What poli­cies will the min­istry use to en­sure reg­u­la­tion con- sis­tency and gain pub­lic sup­port for up­com­ing BOT projects?

In the past, be­cause of the lim­ited fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity of in­vestors, the num­ber of in­vestors bid­ding was low. There­fore, the Gov­ern­ment de­cided to ap­point ca­pa­ble in­vestors.

The ap­point­ment mech­a­nism will be re­placed by open bid­ding for newly im­ple­mented projects. Eight projects for the NorthSouth Ex­press­way mega-project will be im­ple­mented un­der the pub­lic- pri­vate part­ner­ship model.

The trans­port min­istry will be in charge of the price frame­work. This project will set an ex­am­ple for oth­ers.

An air­port funded by a pri­vate cor­po­ra­tion was re­cently opened. Will the min­istry en- courage pri­vate in­vest­ment for BOT projects in the fu­ture?

It usu­ally takes five to six years to com­plete of an air­port with State fund­ing, while it only takes two to three years for a pri­vate air­port. The min­istry has pro­posed the Gov­ern­ment and Na­tional As­sem­bly re­view the Law on Pub­lic In­vest­ment and Law on Bid­ding to cut down on the num­ber of in­vest­ment pro­ce­dures and as­sign man­age­ment tasks to some min­istries so the con­struc­tion time will be short­ened.

Pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions are ca­pa­ble of build­ing qual­ity projects. In the case of lim­ited State bud­get, projects such as Long Thaønh air­port should be al­lowed to call for in­vest­ment from strong pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions. — VNS

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