Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has urged southern and central highlands localities to ensure the construction progress of the 500kV power system which will supply electricity for the whole southern region.

The power line runs through Ho Chi Minh City , Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

He asked the provincial People’s Committees of Gia Lai, Dak Nong, Binh Phuoc, Binh Duong and HCM City to speed up land clearance to free space for the Pleiku-My Phuoc-Cau Bong line before July 15 and finish compensating displaced residents before August 15, so that the construction of the line and the Song May-Tan Dinh - O Mon line can be completed by the end of 2013.

Meanwhile, Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces must complete land clearance for the Song May-Tan Dinh line before July 15 and the Phu My-Song May line within July, while HCM City has to finish clearance for the Phu Lam-O Mon line within July and conclude the compensation phase within August, he asked.-VNA