PM agrees capital allocation to sea dyke upgrade projects hinh anh 1Illustrative image. (Source: VNA)
The Prime Minister has approved the continued allocation of development investment from the State budget from 2016-2020 to a programme to reinforce, protect and upgrade sea dykes from the northern province of Quang Ninh to the central province of Quang Nam.

The PM asked the localities to review the approved projects and propose priorities for investment while actively planning for middle-term investments from 2016-2020.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Planning and Investment has been directed to collaborate with the Ministries of Agriculture & Rural Development and Finance to make a list of projects with capital construction debts through December 31, 2014 and name all projects from 2016-2020.

Capital for new projects should only be allocated to those with urgent needs after finishing all administrative procedures, said the PM.

He also requested the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development strengthen inspection and management of dyke systems while working closely with localities to review system plans amidst impacts from climate change, sea level rise and typhoons as well as design policies to manage, maintain and upgrade the systems.

The programme to reinforce, preserve and upgrade sea dyke systems has been implemented since 2006 with the aim to actively prevent and respond to floods, storms and rising sea levels; minimise impacts; serve socio-economic development; and ensure security and defence in coastal localities.

The PM also approved the Electricity of Vietnam (EVN)’s proposal for a project to provide power to Lai Son island commune in Kien Hai district, the southern province of Kien Giang .

Currently, Kien Giang and the EVN are cooperating to supply power to seven island communes with over 1.5 trillion VND (66.5 million USD) in total investment to boost the localities’ maritime economy and tourism development and improve the living conditions for more than 6,800 local households.

A 110-kilovolt sea-crossing An Minh-Lai Son transmission line with total length of nearly 44 kilometres will be installed together with two 25 MVA transformer stations.

The project is scheduled to commence in September.-VNA