Conference seeks to develop transport infrastructure in northwest

At the event (Photo: dangcongsan.vn)


 

Hanoi (VNA) – The Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, the Steering
Committee for Northwestern Region and the Transport Ministry held a conference
in Hanoi on July 20 to discuss developing transport infrastructure in the
northwest. 

Speaking
at the event, head of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission Nguyen
Van Binh underscored the significance of the effort, saying that it will fuel
socio-economic development and ensure national defence-security in the region
and the country.

Deputy
head of the Steering Committee for Northwestern Region Nguyen Canh Viet said road
transportation plays the most important role in the region with 3,718 out of
6,730km of national highway being completed.

The
highways connecting Hanoi with Yen Bai and Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen and Bac Giang
have been completed and put into operation while projects on the construction
of Hoa Lac – Hoa Binh and Thai Nguyen – Cho Moi roads are underway.

Meanwhile,
railway, waterway and aviation transportation remain limited. With a total
length of nearly 700km, the railway system is yet to meet demand.

Binh
agreed with nine measures and recommendations by ministries, agencies and
localities to develop regional transport infrastructure between now and 2020.

Specifically,
the Transport Ministry’s Party Civil Affairs Committee will work with
localities to continue reviewing transport development planning and set
priorities to key and urgent projects.

Binh
stressed the need to accelerate the building of highways linking Hoa Lac and
Hoa Binh, Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan, Bac Giang and Lang Son city in the Build-Operate-Transfer
(BOT) model. The State Bank must direct commercial banks to offer more loans to
Hoa Lac – Hoa Binh project.

The
Transport Ministry must direct stepping up procedures to build routes linking
northern mountainous provinces with Noi Bai – Lao Cai highway, accelerate
negotiations on projects using official development assistance between now and
2020, including Lai Chau – Yen Bai, Yen Bai – Ha Giang and Lang Son – Cao Bang
roads.

It
was asked to direct ministries and agencies concerned to soon complete
procedures to launch the construction of Lang Son city – Huu Nghi border gate
highway.

The
ministry was assigned to partner with the ministries of planning and
investment, and finance to arrange funding for the upgrade of Dien Bien airport
and consider building Lao Cai airport in BOT model.

Binh
also agreed with a waterway upgrade plan, focusing on Viet Tri – Yen Bai route.

The
Vietnam Railways Corporation was urged to renovate technology, improve services
and effectively tap existing railways in the region.-VNA



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