Hanoi approves more than 1 billion USD for Ring Road No. 4 project hinh anh 1Nguyen Ngoc Tuan, chairman of the Hanoi People's Council, speaks at the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) - The Hanoi People's Council for the term 2021 - 2026 on May 20 agreed to spend 23.5 trillion VND (over 1 billion USD) from the city budget for the Ring Road No. 4 project.

The council also discussed the allocation and adjustment of the project's fund, which would be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration, said the chairman of Hanoi People's Council Nguyen Ngoc Tuan.

Duong Duc Tuan, vice chairman of Hanoi's People's Committee, said that the Ring Road No. 4 was a key national project, combining the public investment model and the public-private partnership (PPP) with a Build - Operate - Transfer (BOT) contract.

The road will measure 112.8 kilometres in total, running through Hanoi City and Hung Yen, Bac Ninh provinces, with a connecting route 9.7-kilometres long.

It will begin at the start of the Noi Bai – Lao Cai Expressway in Hanoi, and end on the Noi Bai – Ha Long Expressway in Bac Ninh province.

The project is divided into three smaller groups of sub-projects, focusing on site clearance, building parallel roads, and constructing the expressway.

The capital city's Ring Road No. 4 will have a total of 85.8 trillion VND (3.7 billion USD) in investment and is expected to be completed in 2027.

Of this amount, 23.5 trillion VND (more than 1 billion USD) comes from the city's budget, with 19.5 trillion VND (841.6 million USD) for 2021 - 2025 and 4 trillion VND (172.6 million USD) for 2026 - 2030.

The Hanoi People's Committee will decide on the annual funding allocation plan according to the current procedures and progress of the project, with the approval of authorities.

Ho Van Nga, head of the Finance and Budget Committee of the municipal People's Council, emphasised the need to accelerate the preparation process for investment and the annual funding allocation according to the project's progress and contingency plan.

The committee also said that if the project's investment needs to be increased, adjustments will be made in the medium-term public investment plan after the 2026 - 2030 period and shall not exceed the city's budget.

The Hanoi People's Council also required that the People's Committee balance the city's budget to ensure funding for the Ring Road No. 4 project, following the schedule approved by the National Assembly and the laws on public investment, State budget, public debt management, as well as other regulations.

If it is necessary to mobilise funding from sources other than the city's budget, a specific plan will be created and submitted to the People's Council.

In September last year, the Ring Road No. 4 project was approved for Hanoi's medium-term public investment plan for 2021-2025. It was subsequently made a project of focus in December.

The project's investment plan will be submitted to the National Assembly for approval in its next session, which opens on May 23./.