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Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Van Khoa and the World Bank (WB)’s Transport and ICT Practice Manager for East Asia-Pacific Michel Kerf discussed the WB-funded green transport development project during a working session in the city on May 26.

Under the project, a 23km bus rapid transit (BTR) on the Vo Van Kiet – Van Chi Tho thoroughfare will be built, crossing seven districts and wards, along with a terminal, parking areas and a pedestrian bridge.

The BTR system will also connect with other metro lines in gradual replacement of personal vehicles.

Khoa said the city assigned the management board for urban transport infrastructure to approve the project’s technical design and estimated investment.

The Department of Planning and Investment was also asked to assess the project to submit to the municipal authorities for approval, so as to call for contractors before June 10.

Compensation will be paid for displaced residents within June, he said.

Kerf, for his part, hailed the project for meeting the WB’s requirements on public consultation and resettlement policy.

He also requested the approved detailed planning for the project be submitted to the WB in August.-VNA