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Dust from construction site of Vietnam’s Long Thanh airport project blankets nearby expressway

Dust from construction site of Vietnam’s Long Thanh airport project blankets nearby expressway

Sunday, March 17, 2024, 11:19 GMT+7
Dust from construction site of Vietnam’s Long Thanh airport project blankets nearby expressway
Vehicles queue up and slow down on the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway section near the Long Thanh International Airport project in Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam, March 15, 2024. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Many drivers passing through a Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway section near the Long Thanh International Airport project in the namesake district of Dong Nai Province, southern Vietnam have recently complained about dust from the construction site.

Such dust has affected the visibility on the expressway and forced vehicles to slow down.

The peak time of the 'dust storms' which are some 20-30 minutes apart from each other is from noon to afternoon.

Dust at the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Dust at the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

During the same period last year, dust also blanketed thousands of houses, projects, factories, and schools in Long Thanh District and neighboring districts.

Local authorities have devised various strategies to mitigate dust emissions from the project, including constructing reservoirs and deploying water tank trucks to provide ample water for site spraying, as well as surfacing the on-site roads with macadam.

The airport project, which carries an estimated price tag of VND336.63 trillion (US$13.6 billion) and is located some 40 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City, will cover around 5,000 hectares of land and is designed to have an annual capacity of 100 million passengers along with five million tonnes of cargo. 

Once in place, it will be the largest airport in the nation.

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project moves to the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Dust from the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project moves to the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

A dust storm moves to the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

A dust storm moves to the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles travel on the Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway amid dust. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Vehicles travel on the Ho Chi Minh City-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway amid dust. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

The dusty construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

The dusty construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Facilities at the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project are covered with dust. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

Facilities at the construction site of the Long Thanh International Airport project are covered with dust. Photo: Duc Trong / Tuoi Tre

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